Claire Colebourn: Mother who drowned daughter, 3, in bath jailed for 18 years
A mother who drowned her three-year-old daughter in the bath has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years
Claire Colebourn, 36, killed her child Bethan at their home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, before making multiple suicide attempts.
The former science teacher had hit “rock bottom” after her husband Michael ended their 16-year-relationship, her trial at Winchester Crown Court heard.
She woke Bethan in the early hours of 19 October 2017 and held her body under the water.
Colebourn was discovered by her mother in a diabetic coma 14 hours later after she tried to take her own life.
The ex-sixth former biology teacher had planned to drown her daughter and even set an alarm to “carry out the act”.
She also altered her will the day after the killing, the court heard.
With many thanks to: Sky News for the original story
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Mrs Justice Johannah Cutts told the 36-year-old: “She (Bethan) was clearly a beautiful little girl who was full of life.
CHILDREN are being targeted by a cyber-bullying game called the ‘Momo’ challenge, police have warned.
Vulnerable people are asked to perform dangerous tasks, including self-harm. The PSNI said the “extremely disturbing” challenge is hidden within “harmless looking games or videos played by children and when downloaded, it asks the user to communicate with ‘Momo’ via popular messaging applications such as WhatsApp”. Children are threatened that they will be cursed or their family will be hurt if they do not self-harm.
Detective Sergeant Elaine McCormill, from the PSNI’s public protection branch, said while police had not received any official reports, they are aware of the challenge and are working with forces in Britain to identify the extent of the problem. “I am disgusted that a so-called game is targeting our young children and I would encourage parents to know what your children are looking at and who they are talking to,” she said.
“Whilst the threat of a curse may sound silly to an adult, it could be a very frightening prospect for a young child and they may feel under pressure to carry out acts to protect themselves or family from further harm.” She urged parents to speak to their children about potential dangers online. “I would also advise parents to ensure that any devices used by your children are restricted to age suitable content,” she said. She asked anyone who had been a victim of the challenge to contact police on 101.
With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story
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A Derry man has been returned for trial accused of murdering three-year-old Kayden McGuinness.
Liam Whoriskey (24), who address was given in court papers as Glenabbey Gardens, is further charged with causing the death of a child by an unlawful act and cruelty to a person under 16.
The offences relate to an alleged incident between September 15 and September 17, 2017.
Whoriskey faces a further charge of child cruelty on August 15, 2017.
There was a heavy police presence during the brief hearing at Derry Magistrate’s Court.
Prior to the commencement of the preliminary enquiry, Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said: “I want everyone present to bear in mind the courtroom is a dignified place and proceedings should be conducted with dignity, particularly a case involving such a tragic situation as the death of a child.”
Whoriskey declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any evidence on his own behalf.
Defence solicitor Suzanne Moran accepted there was a case for her client to answer.
Judge Mateer said he had read the papers in the case, including the statement of a pathologist, and he said he was satisfied there was a prima facie case for the defendant to answer.
Whoriskey was remanded in custody to appear at the crown court for arraignment on January 29.
After the hearing, there were angry scenes as friends and family of the deceased left the court.
With many thanks to the: Derry Journal for the original story