Adelaide woman walks free despite beating her 8-month-old daughter black and blue

The presiding judge said that the baby’s wounds were «likely to resolve». The baby’s father, Shane McMahon was furious with the whole process.

Last year, a mother in Adelaide beat her eight-month-old daughter with a kitchen spoon and shockingly managed to walk away with a good behaviour bond and a $500 fine.

The presiding judge said that the baby’s wounds were «likely to resolve». The baby’s father, Shane McMahon was furious with the whole process.

Baby Evie still cowers from people because she was traumatized by the incident, according to her father.

«Physically she’s OK … but mentally it’s too early to tell,» he told News Australia on September 12, 2017.

«But she’s well aware of what happened. She doesn’t like things near her face and will put her arms up. How will I have a hairdresser go near her face one day?»

Lorien Norman beat her 8-month-old infant with a spoon (Twitter)

Twenty-six-year-old Lorien Norman pleaded guilty in the courtroom to causing harm with intent after she beat her infant with a slotted spoon.

Norman did not spend even a moment behind bars even though the offense carries a maximum sentence of 13 years.

She walked away from the hearing a free woman (Twitter)

District Court Judge Jack Costello in September last year said that Norman would not have to spend the minimum non-parole period of 10 months in prison if she did not re-offend for two years and if she followed the orders given by Community Corrections.

The offense normally puts a person behind bars for 13 years (Twitter)

The jury in the hearing was told that on October 1, 2016, Norman called the police and threatened to throw her infant, Evie, off a balcony in their hometown of Adelaide.

The authorities arrived to find bruising on the baby’s face and both mother and child were taken to the hospital.

Norman threatened to throw her baby off the balcony (Facebook)

A pediatrician told the Daily Mail that the baby had been beaten at least eight times on the face and body. She had bruises on her forehead, cheeks, ears, neck and even her arm.

She then hit Evie with a spoon (Facebook)

Pictures taken of the infant show her with a black eye and a small cut and dark bruises on her face. The court heard that Norman had initially tried to convince police that her daughter had fallen in the playground and that was how she got the bruises.

The baby had big bruises on her face (Facebook)

The woman later pleaded guilty to aggravatedly causing harm with intent. This offense has a maximum prison time of 13 years, but Norman managed to walk away scot-free.

Norman only has to do community service (Facebook)

Judge Costello told the Adelaide District Court: «Whilst any assault of a child, particularly one of such a tender age and vulnerability, by a parent stands as a gross breach of trust, your offending is nevertheless far from the most serious of offending of this type in terms of the degree of force involved and the duration of the offending.»

The father, Shane McMahon, is absolutely furious (Supplied)

«In this respect I particularly note the opinion of the treating paediatrician to the effect that there was no evidence of bony or intracranial injury and that your daughter’s physical injuries were likely to completely resolve,» he continued.

Evie’s father, Shane McMahon, was beyond shocked by the statement. He told the Daily Mail, «I’m disgusted — I’m truly speechless.»

«I’ve raised both these girls (Evie and India) single-handedly, and she gets 10 months of a sentence that carries a maximum of 13 years! Where is Evie’s justice?»

Shane McMahon is absolutely furious with how the process played out (Supplied)

Norman will be supervised by a community corrections officer instead of going to jail. She will have to, instead, attend any counseling, assessment or therapy sessions that have been assigned to her by the officer and she cannot possess a firearm as well.

The woman boasted in a message she sent to her former partner, Shane McMahon saying: «So, I’m not going to jail… even with everyone against me on social media I still made it.»

Norman sent the message to McMahon after she walked away free (Supplied)

McMahon believed that the attack was serious and highly damaging to the baby despite what the judge ruled.

«It was stated in all the forensic reports that she was obviously hit numerous times, they say a minimum of eight separate forceful blows to the head. She was black and blue, her whole entire face was swollen. She couldn’t bear to even open her mouth, she was so sore, she couldn’t eat or drink for days.»

Evie now cowers in fear because she remembers the attack (Facebook)

Evie is mentally scarred from the incident even though physically she has healed completely.

«She just instantly cowers, she puts her hands up … even in the mornings when I go to get her out of the cot, you have to make yourself known because you’ll startle her and she’ll just sit up.»

Rachel Sanderson, the South Australia Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection, told Today Tonight that she cannot fathom how a mother could ever do this to her own baby and how the attack was «absolutely horrific».

 

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