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No Jail Time For Canadian Mother Who Killed Her Newborn Son

September 13, 2011 by  

No Jail Time For Canadian Mother Who Killed Her Newborn Son

A Canadian woman, who in 2005 strangled her newborn child and threw his body over a fence, was not sentenced to jail time by a Canadian Court because there are no laws in the country protecting children in the womb and newborns, according to LifeSiteNews.          

Katrina Effert was found guilty of second-degree murder by two juries, although both times the judgment was thrown out by the appeals court. Last May, the Court of Appeal of Alberta overturned her 2009 murder conviction and replaced it with the lesser charge of infanticide, according to LifeSite.

Canadian Criminal Code says a woman who has not “fully recovered” from the effects of birth can be found guilty of the lesser charge of infanticide if the infant is murdered by the mother while her “mind is disturbed.”

Effert delivered her child secretly in her parents’ home at the age of 19, and strangled the infant to hide the birth. Defense attorneys argued that the young woman was mentally disturbed because she was overwhelmed by the hidden pregnancy, the Alberta Court of Appeals agreed.

Last Friday, Effert got a three-year suspended sentence from Justice Joanne Veit of the Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench. She was able to walk out of court, although she will have to abide by certain conditions. According to the article, Veit believed Canadians feel compassion for Effert.

“Naturally, Canadians are grieved by an infant’s death, especially at the hands of the infant’s mother, but Canadians also grieve for the mother,” she said.

The judge attributed the country’s lack of abortion legislation as a reason that mothers like Effert take matters into their own hands.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Dave M

    There is so much total BS in that news article I don’t know where to start. In Alberta there is abortion on demand, no questions asked. The state feels it is OK for doctors to kill kids as long as the state funded health care system is employed.

    As far as people feeling compasion for the mother that is another total fabrication. The radio stations and newspapers were inundated with calls for the mother to be convicted of manslaughter at the least.

  • Annice

    I am disgusted by the misscarriage of justice where children are concerned in this world. We have Casey Anthony here in the states. Getting a slap on the wrist for killing her child. Now this cracked in the head chick gets off for strangling her child in Canada. To know newborns have no rights in Canada. Canadians are supposedly so much more compassionate then folks in the US.

  • simian pete

    Canadians like to kill babies. I guess that’s because the baby can’t fight back ?

  • s c

    Between America’s appetite for murdering babies and Canada’s apparent ignorance, that’s a lot of potential conservatives and liberals. If you extrapolate what’s going on in Canada and America and extend it to Mexico, Mexico is probably the only country on this continent where abortion is looked at as an absolute no-no. Sadly, I’d be VERY surprised if the excuse is NOT to be found in the idea that illegals make up a huge, potential voting bloc.
    To extrapolate from that point, if I was Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, I’d be very concerned, as their favorite mantra has been the idea that ‘blacks own discrimination’ and #1 minority rights’ in America. With the recent influx of illegals through our southern border, it won’t be long until Illegal Hispanics replace Jesse’s backers as America’s #1 favorite minority. Hmmmmm. Sounds like a recipe for new faces in politics. Anybody feel an unusual shift in political power coming?

  • Stephen

    This is only natural progression for a country without abortion laws. If you can legally kill your child on their due date, it is not a far reach to kill your child after delivery.
    This is crazy.
    If you are disgusted by this and want to get more information on how to protect the most vulnerable citizens of our country checkout
    a great conference in Calgary this fall.
    Hope to see you there.


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