A BC mother who drowned her newborn son before going to write a university exam was given an absolute joke of a punishment.
19-year-old Courtney Saul of BC was only sentenced to two years’ probation.
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Her baby, George Carlos, was born on Dec. 15, 2011 in the bathroom of a basement suite where she was living.
According to Canadian Press, “She held the baby for some time, but she had an exam that day,” Crown lawyer Will Burrows said. “Because she had the exam, she didn’t know what to do. She finally decided she should drown the baby. She did that in the sink and then she went to her exam.”
Later, wrapped the baby’s body in a T-shirt and a shower curtain and placed it in an empty computer box. The box was then placed inside a backpack and in the trunk of a car. The body was found by a police officer when Saul loaned her car to an acquaintance, who was involved in a collision.
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Saul told police the baby was a result of a sexual assault. “She believed someone had sexual intercourse with her while she was unconscious,” Burrows said.
“This is certainly a tragedy in all senses of the word,” Defence lawyer Murray Armstrong said. “In terms of punishment, there’s no punishment greater than the guilt and remorse she feels.”
When Judge Len Marchand asked Saul of she had anything to say, her only words were “I know I made a mistake.”
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“It is an abhorrent act and it was inflicted on a vulnerable and completely helpless person,” Judge Marchand said.
According to Canadian Press, Marchand said that “mitigating factors — including Saul’s lack of a criminal history and the circumstances of how she became pregnant — were powerful.”
In addition to only two years probation, Saul was ordered to provide a sample of her DNA to a national criminal database.
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