Jail time ahead for CBN mother accused of child abuse

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on July 23, 2014
A CBN woman convicted child abuse awaits her fate at provincial court in Harbour Grace on July 23.
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

The Conception Bay North mother convicted on 20 varying charges of child abuse is looking at serious jail time.


Inside the stuffy courtroom at provincial court in Harbour Grace on July 23, crown prosecutor Lisa Stead told Judge James Walsh she was looking for a sentence of 14 years.

“There is a lack of remorse,” said Stead. “(She) believes she did nothing wrong.”

The Crown submitted victim impact statements from the children. Reading them, Stead’s voice bristled with emotion and her voiced cracked before finishing.

The woman, whose identity is banned from publication by court order, never lifted her gaze from the floor in front of her. Wearing a orange prisoners suit, she wiped tears from her eyes as the impact statements were read out.

Due to the graphic and disturbing nature of many of the charges, The Compass has decided not to print many of the details.

The case has grabbed the attention of the entire province and has stoked a large amount of anger and hate in the comments section of online news sites and social media.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Jeff Slade is seeking a maximum of eight years for his client, whose charges include numerous counts of assault, forcible confinement and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

“It is whether the sentence is a fit for this situation,” he said.

Slade is seeking one day for every day served, of which she has served 155.

When asked if she had anything to say, the woman declined.

Walsh will give his decision on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

For complete coverage, see a future print edition of The Compass.


Editor's note: Due to the volatile nature of this article, The Compass has decided to close the comments section.