By LUCY ORMONDE
Caleb Folbigg was just 19 days old when he died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – or ‘cot death – in 1989.
Patrick Folbigg was next. He was eight months old when he died from a suspected epileptic fit in 1991.
Sarah Folbigg was 10 months old when she died, also from SIDS, two years later.
And then there was Laura.
Laura Folbigg survived the longest out of any of the Folbigg children. She was 19 months old when she died on March 1, 1999. The coroner ruled it was myocarditis, a inflammation of the heart, that killed Laura without warning one night while she was sleeping.
All four children were found by their mother, Kathleen, who woke her husband Craig screaming when she discovered her babies were not breathing.
After initial investigations, each of the children’s deaths were deemed to be natural. But after Laura’s death in 1999, authorities began to get suspicious.
And it was enough for a 12-person jury to find Kathleen Folbigg guilty of three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter, following a seven-week trial in 2003.
Folbigg, 46, is currently serving a maximum 30 year sentence at NSW’s Silverwater Jail.
But the question everyone is asking today is whether the courts got it wrong; they’re asking whether it’s possible that Kathleen has been wrongly convicted.
This question was the focus of Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program last night.