Sex crim wins custody of daughter
Mia’s thoughts- Don’t get me wrong folks I hate the foter system it is almost as if not more broken than the homes it’s victims come from. But WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING? they, the childrens services made the excuse WELL HE’S BETTER THAN THE MUM so was son of sam and geoffrey dharma but I wouldn’t give them kids either get your damn act together childrens services you don’t get a free pass just because the mum was worse you work for the child .
Reposted from a story by: Padraic Murphy From: Herald Sun July 05, 2010 6:49AM
A HEROIN-addicted sex offender with a sword collection has won custody of his young daughter because the girl’s mother is considered an even more unsuitable parent.
Granting custody of the girl, aged about 5, to the father, the court branded the mother dishonest and criticised her continuing drug use.
The court heard the mother, who has shoplifting and prostitution-related convictions and a history of drug use, left the labour ward to buy heroin soon after giving birth.
The father, who also has a string of convictions, was put on the sex offenders’ list after being convicted of wilful and obscene exposure.
The girl, who has behavioural problems and a speech impediment, has suffered serious injuries. Her plight was reported to the Department of Human Services last year after she was treated for a serious burn to her buttocks. Each parent blamed the other for it.
The girl also had injuries from a dog bite and once suffered an injury from being hit with a shoe.
The couple separated soon after the birth, and the father is reported to have been violent to the mother.
But, despite concerns he’d taken drugs as recently as last December, and kept a knife and sword collection, the court last month ruled the girl should live with him.
“The father provides calmer parenting with more clearly set boundaries than the mother does,” the magistrate said. “A history of inadequate supervision combined with heroin and marijuana use create a serious concern that (the girl) may be neglected by her mother.”
The girl will spend two out of three weekends with her mother.
The court gave the father custody because the mother continued to use drugs and “had been dishonest with the court”.
Her drug-screening tests repeatedly indicated the presence of benzodiazepines and opiates. She was even suspected of once taking drugs while in the court precinct arguing for custody.
Her home was once described as filthy and strewn with vomit and faecal material, though the court accepted its cleanliness was usually “probably in an acceptable range”.
The father is on a disability pension and hasn’t worked in almost 10 years because of depression. “There was no evidence (he) is making any notable contribution to society,” the court said.
It said he “was using drugs or doing something else he did not want to admit” as recently as last September, and had lied about his whereabouts when meant to be caring for his daughter.
But he was making progress with his addictions. It ordered him to dispose of his weapons. The Australian Childhood Foundation’s Joe Tucci said the decision “defies logic”.
“Children shouldn’t ever be placed in a situation where the rights of the parents … override their right to protection,” he said.
“The decision should be about whether a child is safe or not, not which parent is the better to look after them.
“The community expects children to be looked after by their parents, and if the parents fail this then the courts need to look after them,” he said.
Child protection campaigner Hetty Johnston said the ruling was “outrageously dangerous”.
“There’s no way staying with either parent should have even been an option. This isn’t in the best interests of the child.”
A Department of Human Services spokesman said it was no longer involved in the case