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Bail for ?????
February 24, 2007 permalink
A woman without a name accused of killing a child without a name has been granted bail for reasons that cannot be published. Earlier this month a blue-ribbon panel was established to do an investigation that will keep the case out of the public eye for two years. The extraordinary cloak of secrecy over this case lends credence to otherwise unfounded rumors that the accused is well-connected politically. We had previous reports on January 28, January 31, February 5 and February 13.
One of the functions of convicting a foster parent for the death of a ward is to divert attention away from the failure of the responsible agency. But who can accept an unnamed person as a scapegoat? This may become an interesting case.
Foster mother charged with murder granted bail
Last Updated: Friday, February 23, 2007 | 4:05 PM MT CBC News
An Edmonton woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of her three-year-old foster child has been granted bail.
After hearing arguments Friday, a Court of Queen's Bench judge ruled that the 32-year-old woman has to post a $10,000 cash bond and is forbidden from having any unsupervised contact with children, including her own two biological children.
Outside court, the foster mother's lawyer, Brian Beresh, said the woman was elated to be granted bail.
"This is just the classic case where you would never expect, given her history, that she would ever be in jail. This is just unbelievable — she has been shattered by this experience."
Beresh accused authorities of making a "rush to judgment" when she was charged.
"We were very disappointed that people did not view this objectively, collect information objectively. From my review of what I have seen so far there appears to be certain individuals or agencies, which appear to be protecting their own conduct."
The three-year-old boy died in an Edmonton hospital on Jan. 27 of head injuries after being rushed from his foster home.
Charges against his foster mother include second-degree murder, assault causing bodily harm, and child abandonment or failure to provide the necessities of life.
She can't be named under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
The judge has issued a publication ban on what was said in court Friday.