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    Australia - Deborah Melville, 12, dies of extreme neglect, Palmerston, 12 July 2007

    This is distressing. And nauseating. And... Well, just plain horrific...


    A 12-YEAR-old girl was left without food or water to die in the backyard of her foster home, delirious with pain and unable to move, a court has heard.

    Crown Prosecutor Richard Coates said doctors at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) uncovered a "massive 1.5 litres of pus" in the child's leg, caused by a fracture to her left thigh.

    Sisters Toni Melville, 43, and Denise Reynolds, 42, have been charged with the manslaughter of the girl, who first started to limp following a school sports day.

    Three weeks later, on July 12 last year, she died from a blood and bone infection.

    Mr Coates said Ms Reynolds was a "stubborn" woman who insisted the child had sustained a sports injury which would improve with exercise. When the girl refused, Ms Reynolds would "smack her leg with a stick".

    "When assistance was not forthcoming to help her to the toilet she would urinate and defecate in her clothes where she lay."

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    hipmamajen is offline I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft...
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    If she was in foster care, she was removed from her regular home, right? For some reason, I'm guessing her original home wasn't as bad as this
    Just thinkin' out loud....

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    Dec 2006
    Omg the hell that poor girl went through!!
    The article says a caseworker was at the home the day before she died, 17 people lived there in a 3 bedroom house, wth is wrong here?


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    Dear Lord......why didn't the caseworker do something? That poor child.

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    I'm speechless.

    Hell is too good for these women.

    And some hell for the caseworker who visited the home the day before--if the girl was that ill, it was the caseworker's duty to notice.

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    And they call this a civilized society, yet this stuff keeps happening right in front of our eyes.



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    Oct 2006
    If the case worker had seen the condition the girl was in, and she didn't report it, she should be charged as well. Who were all of the 17 people living in there? Were they all foster children? These women should go to prison and have all their kids taken away; disgusting..

    "Mr Coates said social workers who visited the three-bedroom Palmerston home - which housed 17 people - the day before the death found the child lying on the kitchen floor crying."

    So there was case workers? As in more than one.

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    gaia227 is offline I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting - M. Twain
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    I don't understand. The caseworker observed this little girl in that condition, laying on the floor, hardly able to walk and didn't do anything to help her? How can someone be so apathetic? I thought people got into social work because they want to help people. I just don't understand how she could observe this and then turn around and leave.
    'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'

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    The caseworker should be fired if it comes out that its true she observed this child in pain and never got her any help. Its just a disgusting story and makes me so mad.
    Rest in Peace Baby P xx

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    Social workers were there the day before she died and saw her lying on the kitchen floor crying. Did they do anything about it?

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    Oh this is too sad. Poor little thing.

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    Poor girl, poor mother and even poorer justice system.


    Foster carers found not guilty
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    I'm dumbfounded. How could they have been found not guilty. Even IF they thought it was a sports injury that would get better with exercise, when it didn't, why didn't they seek care for her. She was soiling herself for goodness' sake!

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    I can't even comment. Two more monsters walk free.
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    Sorry for bringing up an old thread, but many of the reports linked are not online anymore, so I couldn't find out if this had been posted -- a report from 2009:

    IN the weeks leading up to her foster daughter's death, Denise Reynolds spent most nights at the casino in Darwin.

    Earning more than $6000 a month in various government benefits to care for her five foster children, as well as her own seven children, Ms Reynolds spent so little time at home she thought the 12-year-old girl's leg was "getting better".

    Ms Reynolds, while giving evidence during a coronial inquest, said she was not a problem gambler and denied spending Centrelink and foster carer benefits at the casino.

    However, it was revealed during the inquest that Ms Reynolds had withdrawn $13,000 from ATMs at the Sky City Casino the month Deborah Melville died.


    The family lived in the lounge room of a three bedroom home with Ms Reynolds' sister and her family, as well as a man on sex charges who had been bailed to live at the address.

    Ms Reynolds said her sister, Toni Melville, was under strict instructions not to leave any of the children alone with the man.

    Ms Reynolds claims she was forced to move into her sister's house when she and her husband separated.
    She said she continued to care for the Melville children because she did not want them to be separated from each other.

    "I lost my relationship because I chose them (the five Melville children) over him," she said.

    "Unfortunately I chose the wrong way, didn't I?"


    Let's please NOT let this terrible case and the terrible INJUSTICE of these *******s walking free sink out of sight.

    How on earth did Melville and Reynolds get a walk on this case of obvious and abject criminal neglect? Ithink this an important question. Because 'not guilty' means they were able to continue neglecting the other 11 kids in their "care", for a start.

    I had a similar infection to that which killed poor little Deborah, a few years ago now. It left me permanently disabled. But almost worse? The trauma of that pain... I cannot begin to describe what AGONY that child must have gone through. In my case, I wanted to die, and I am not joking.. after a month in hospital, and on the legal limit of morphine the hospital could give me - I was STILL in the most horrific pain.

    I am telling you, leaving her like that was *torture* of the most unimaginable kind, if Deborah's pain was only half what I experienced.... and her infection was worse than mine, by far....

    Please, let's keep discussions going on HOW these awful people were declared 'not guilty'.
    Last edited by Ausgirl; 07-06-2014 at 02:47 AM.
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