Warning: This post deals with themes of child abuse and may be distressing for some readers.
Four-year-old Chloe Valentine died from severe injuries after being forced to ride a motorbike despite repeatedly crashing it, an inquest heard today.
The inquest also heard little Chloe, from Adelaide, had been surrounded by drugs and squalor and was chronically neglected throughout her short life, the Daily Mail reports.
Chloe’s grandmother, Belinda Valentine, has pleaded pleads for changes within Families SA, which had received 20 notifications of Chloe’s situation prior to her tragic death. Ms Valentine also called for specialised staff training to prevent such deaths, the Daily Mail reports.
The ABC reports a friend of Chloe’s drug-using mother had raised concerns about the woman’s behaviour before Chloe was born.
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
IN court today, Ashley Jean Polkinghorne will reportedly serve at least four years in jail for the manslaughter of her daughter Chloe.
Justice Trish Kelly said that Polkinghorne and her partner Benjamin Robert McPartland laughed as Chloe feel from the bike and failed to call an ambulance when the four-year-old was knocked unconscious.
Polkinghorne was jailed for seven years, with a non-parole term of four years and two months.
Mamamia previously reported:
A court has heard of a mother who forced her four-year-old daughter to ride a 50-kilogram motorbike over and over, while laughing at her daughter and filming her.
A mother who watched her four-year-old slowly die due to injuries sustained while riding the bike, without calling an ambulance until hours later.
A mother who laughed and smoked with her partner outside the hospital while her daughter died from excruciating injuries inside the hospital doors.
The court heard evidence about this four-year-old girl that would break any decent person’s heart.
The court was also told that this mother was not unspeakably cruel, viscous and inhumane. Just stupid.
Ashley Jean Polkinghorne and her partner Benjamin Robert McPartland are awaiting sentencing for manslaughter by criminal negligence, over the death of Polkinghorne’s daughter Chloe.
The Supreme Court in South Australia has heard that Polkinghorne repeatedly forced her daughter to ride a 50-kilogram motorbike in her backyard in Adelaide’s Ingle Farm in January 2012.
During the trial, prosecutor Sandi McDonald, SC, said Chloe was put on the newly purchased motorbike over and over again, across a four-day period between Tuesday and Friday despite sustaining injuries, including two black eyes and significant bruising.
The court heard that Polkinghorne recorded several videos of her daughter falling off the motorbike and her partner McPartland putting her back on.
The couple could be heard laughing in the video.
According to the evidence given, Google searches were made on the couple’s computer on the Friday afternoon for the terms “out cold” and “won’t wake up”.
Several hours after the searches began, an ambulance was called.