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Alberta Kafka Reunification

May 22, 2010 permalink

The mother in the Alberta Kafka case is being reunited with her own daughter, adding to suspicion of a fix. There is no way an ordinary mother killing a foster child could get reunified.



Ex foster mom on bail gets to see daughter alone

A former foster mother once convicted of killing a three-year-old boy in her care was given permission Friday to be alone with her young daughter.

The woman is out on bail awaiting a new trial after Alberta's Court of Appeal overturned the jury's verdict in her case. Until now, her bail conditions required another adult to be present when she was with her biological daughter.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Michelle Crighton acknowledged the allegations against the woman are serious but said she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

She cannot be named to protect the identity of the dead child.

The woman was alone in the bathroom with the three-year-old foster boy Jan. 27, 2007, when the child suffered a fatal blow to the head.

During the six-week trial, the defence argued the death was an accident, that the boy leaped from the woman's arms and struck his head on a toilet.

Jurors convicted her of manslaughter in November 2008. That decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal because the judge made a mistake in his instructions to the jury. The woman's retrial is slated to begin next spring.

Source: Edmonton Journal