1. Ice addict parents who had eight children taken away from them have a full-time care worker in their home to help them keep their ninth child.
A couple addicted to ice and living a life marred by violence and neglect have had a full time care worker appointed to them to assist them in their home to help them keep their ninth child, a baby boy.
The NSW scheme has been called a “radical new child protection scheme”, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The baby boy was identified as being one of the more than 2,000 unborn babies across NSW each year “at risk of significant harm” before birth.
Western Sydney Local Health District Kylie Hughes told The Daily Telegraph the couple lost eight children because of drugs, alcohol and domestic violence issues.
But through the scheme, with the help of the full time worker in their home they have retained custody of their newborn baby boy, who is now seven months old.
“We had someone in their house with them assisting them with their interactions with the baby (and) observing them and ensuring that there was no more violence,” she said.
Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said some parents “know more about dope than they do about the food necessary to keep their babies alive”.
2. Community struggles to come to terms with the death of two children, allegedly at the hands of their father.
The community of Yanchep is struggling to deal with the murders of two children aged 5 and 3, allegedly by their father Jason Craig Headland.
Locals gathered to lay teddies, cards and flowers at the home where the bodies of Zaraiyah-Lily, 5, and Andreas, 3, were found on Thursday night. It has not been revealed how the siblings died.
Their 35-year-old father is under police guard at Royal Perth Hospital with a self-inflicted injury.
The children’s mother, FIFO worker Anatoria Headland, was not home at the time of the alleged double murder reports WA Today.
Mr Headland’s sister, Melissa Headland, thanked the community for the outpouring of love and support.
Mr Headland’s work colleague Kayne Amiet urged all men with any mental health issues to seek help in a Facebook post over the weekend.
“I urge all you blokes of any race/colour/background or religion to please please talk to someone if you’re having troubles,” said Mr Amiet.
3. Man forced 4-year-old to stand in backyard holding brick above head as punishment.
The boy was made to hold a brick above his head as punishment. Via iStock.
A four-year-old boy forced to hold a sandstone brick over his head as punishment has sustained fractures and bruising to his entire body, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Last week, the man was sentenced to 12 years jail for the abuse.
The boy, who lived with the man, the man’s de facto partner and the child’s mother was found to have “significant bruising” to his entire torso, abrasions to his face, elbows, feet, back and thighs. He also had fractures to his radius and ulna, toes and feet, fingers, ribs and vertebrae and missing teeth.
The court heard he had also been continually kicked and punched.
The man was sentenced to 16 years in Parramatta District Court last week, with a non-parole period of 12 years.
4. Australian dad and media personality, Leslie Nassar, killed in hit and run in US.
Australian media personality and technology expert Leslie Nassar has been killed during an alleged hit-and-run crash while walking his two daughters in the north-western United States.
News Limited reports that Mr Nassar, 43, who previously worked for Victoria Police, the ABC and digital agency, Razorfish was killed on Saturday morning around 7.30am local time when he was allegedly struck by a utility driven by a 20-year-old man in Nampa, Idaho.