Seven young children killed in just 20 months
- Herald Sun
- February 16, 2014
The appalling figures are revealed after 11-year-old Luke Batty was killed by his father, Greg Anderson, in a vicious attack at a cricket oval in Tyabb on Wednesday night.
BAIL SCRUTINY AFTER LUKE’S MURDER
LUKE’S FINAL HAUNTING WORDS TO HIS MUM
Luke’s brutal death, and the grace and strength of his mother, Rosie Batty, has again shone a spotlight on the insidious scourge of family violence.
Figures released by Victoria Police and the Coroner’s Office show between October 2011 and July 2013, five little boys and two little girls died in family violence incidents:
THE George brothers — Philip, 9, and Mathew, 5 — who died at the hands of their mother Anita at Clayton South on June 1, 2012. Their mother also took her own life.
DIVESH Sharma, 5, and his little sister, Divya, 3, who were killed by their father Niresh in their Glen Waverley home on June 1, 2012. Their father also killed their mother, Preetika, before killing himself.
AN eight-week-old baby girl, who, along with her twin sister, was seriously injured in April, 2012. The child suffered skull fractures and did not survive surgery. Her twin suffered skull fractures and other broken bones, but survived. The girl’s mother will face the Supreme Court next month on a charge of infanticide, and one charge of recklessly causing serious injury.
A 12-MONTH-OLD boy who died in his house in Richmond on May 15, 2013. His stepfather has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the boy’s death.
A SERIOUSLY injured 14-week-old baby boy, who died at the Royal Children’s Hospital on October 23, 2011, after being transferred from Colac Hospital a week earlier.
The Herald Sun does not suggest the child’s parents or step-parents were involved.
Victoria Police released their statistics as part of the Herald Sun’s ongoing Take a Stand campaign against family violence. Det-Supt Jouning said paternal killings were usually committed where there was a history of family violence, or a couple were in the early stages of separation.
He said maternal killings were more likely to occur when the mother was suffering a mental illness or was the victim of ongoing family violence.
Det-Supt Jouning urged anyone who suspected children could be at risk of harmfrom a parent to call police or child protection.
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