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Mother who killed 8-year-old to serve at least 15 years in prison

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Published on September 06, 2019 with No Comments

A woman from British Columbia convicted in the death of her eight-year-old daughter will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years. Lisa Batstone learned her fate in a New Westminster courtroom nearly three months after being found guilty of second-degree murder. Reading her verdict, Justice Catherine Murray said Batstone’s decision to smother her daughter, Teagan, in 2014 was “deliberate, systematic, focused, purposeful and goal-directed.””This decision must send a message that children cannot be used as pawns in marital disputes,” she said.

Batstone will serve at least 15 years in prison before facing a parole board for possible release. She’s also been given a lifetime ban on firearms. The Crown asked that Batstone serve 16 to 18 years of her mandatory prison sentence, while the defence asked for 10 to 12 years. “Miss Batstone is obviously upset and disappointed with the verdict. The sentence is obviously at the higher end of the range,” said Eric Gottardi, Batstone’s defence lawyer. Reviewing the reasons for her decision, Murray said Batstone showed signs of borderline personality disorder and “projected” her issues on Teagan.

“A mother killing her own child is an extreme breach of trust,” she said.Teagan’s body was found in the back of a car in South Surrey on Dec. 10, 2014. During the trial, prosecutors told the court the child had been smothered in her sleep. The Crown argued Batstone took deliberate actions and intended to cause her daughter’s death, saying the act was motivated in part by resentment toward her ex-husband Gabe.

Batstone’s defence did not dispute the girl’s cause of death, but asked the judge to consider a verdict of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. Her lawyers said Batstone’s mental state at the time was unclear, and that she could have been affected by stress, mental disorders, and consumption of alcohol and prescription drugs.

 

 

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