Reading each article is really affecting me. The more I read the sadder I become.
Hayley, the little girl was the same age as Immy, just two.
How could people do this, how could people watch?
Imagine the life she lived at all.
Imagine the constant abuse she endured.
I just don’t get it.
It breaks my heart. It makes me feel helpless.
From The Age article today is this snippet:
He said Robert (the father) made Hayley stand in the middle of the kitchen until late at night to punish her for misbehaving.
Robert had later gone up to Hayley ''and kicked her feet clean out from under her so that she has fallen straight back onto the back of her head''.
''He looked like he kicked hard enough to knock me out,'' the brother said. ''She was crying then and got back up.
''Rob told her: 'I'm your dad and I can do whatever I want. If you think other people are mean, then you should see how mean I can be!''
The girlfriend claimed in her statement that Robert continually slapped Hayley during the night if she moved or looked around. She said that when taking the girl from the room, Robert deliberately bumped Hayley into the walls and anything that got in the way.
''He tried to stand her up on the table but her knees kept buckling … She was crying out 'Daddy, Daddy','' she said.
''While he was standing her up, he full-on shoved her back and her head into the wall which the kitchen table is around. This caused her head and back to make a crack in the wall and caused Hayley to scream.''
The full article is on The Age site.
If you need assistance or know of any children being abused the Australian Children’s Foundation assists children of abuse. They have phone numbers to call and ways to assist. Use them if you have to and donate to them if you can. Or sign the petition they are currently running for a national awareness campaign into child abuse.
Image from weheartit there was no way I was googling images of abused children, it would send me to troppo.