Bruce Dean

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Posted on 02/09/2008

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Babes in the Big House

Babes in the Big House
Newborn goes to prison in B.C. first

Lisa Whitford, 35, was sentenced Wednesday to six years for the shooting death of her common-law husband, 49-year-old Anthony Cartlidge. Cartledge was shot to death by Whitford who, at the time was in an early pregnancy. Court was told that at the time of the shooting, Whitford had a concoction of drugs in her body which included cocaine, pain killers, prescription and other drugs.

The newborn child of a woman convicted of manslaughter in Prince George could be the first baby in B.C. to spend the first four years of her life in federal prison, under a rarely-used rule.

Under the Mother-Child Program, prison officials allow a child to stay with her mother full-time for the first four years of his or her life, and can live part-time in the prison until they are twelve years old.

Frisk searches and strip searches of children in the program are not permitted under any circumstances, say the rules, and are to be carried out "with the utmost discretion and consideration for the impact on the child, and with sensitivity to the child's gender and age," the rules say.

In an emergency such as a lockdown, the child is to be removed from the area. If the child is captured by an inmate, the rules say that the staff must treat it as a hostage situation.

In his final comments for sentencing, Mr. Justice Parrett said (to the murdering mother), "I don’t hold out much hope for you..."

(I wonder how much hope Justice Parrett has for the child ?)

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Bruce Dean
I know - I was amazed to read this. I know many single-fathers who must beg or hire lawyers to see their kids - and here - a murderer gets to have her kid in jail.
11 years ago.

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