No need for Zachary Turner to die: death review

CBC News, Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The social services system in Newfoundland and Labrador failed a 13-month-old boy, Zachary Turner, who drowned along with his mother in a 2003 murder-suicide, a review has found.

Zachary Turner died when Shirley Turner, 42, clutched him to her body and jumped into Conception Bay, several kilometres outside of St. John’s.

“Nowhere did I find any ongoing assessment of the safety needs of the children,” coroner Peter Markesteyn, referring both to Zachary and Turner’s daughter from another relationship, wrote in a three-volume report released Wednesday.

Turner, a general practitioner, fled to Newfoundland after her estranged lover Andrew Bagby, 28, was shot to death in a Pennsylvania parking lot on Nov. 5, 2001. [Full Story]

Mother arrested in death of her 2 children

SECTIONS FROM CORONER’S REPORT ( You can read it on our website)

Neville, The Child and Youth Advocate for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, said two things were evident from reading the report. “One: Zachary Turner’s death was preventable. And two: Zachary was in his mother’s care when he should not have been.”

Markesteyn found that officials, who were working on the presumption of Turner’s innocence, were more concerned about the welfare of the woman than for her infant.

Turner frequently asked for, and received, help from social workers, with dozens of visits made on her behalf.

Neville said she found it difficult that no one was putting Zachary’s interests first.


CBC News, Wednesday, October 4, 2006

A 31-year-old mother has been arrested after her two children were found dead in an apartment in Barrie, Ont., early Wednesday morning.

The two girls, aged one and three, were found in a highrise apartment on Coulter Street located between Sunnidale Park and Bayfield Mall in the west end of the city. Barrie is about 80 kilometres north of Toronto.

Alberta baby-killing verdict discussions echo national infanticide debate

Canadian Press, By: LISA ARROWSMITH, September 27, 2006

WETASKIWIN, Alta. (CP) – It’s a small farming community whose high number of auto dealerships has given it a reputation as a good place for a deal on a car.

But the morning after a young local woman was convicted of murdering her newborn baby, debate on the leafy streets of Wetaskiwin, Alta., was over much higher stakes than Ford Vs. Chevy.

“Ten years is not sufficient,” said an adamant Gail Doolittle, referring to the sentence handed out to Katrina Effert, 20.

“That’s the justice system. We need to give them a chance,” she sneered as she loaded her two-year-old daughter Heather into a car seat at a local grocery store.

When is a law not a law?

When do-gooder politicians fail to proclaim it


Sometimes the good guys win, and it’s great news.

The bad news is, sometimes just winning isn’t enough.

Let’s start with the good news first. After a last-ditch effort by a grieving mother and her legion of supporters, the Ontario legislature last week passed a private member’s bill that we can all hope will help save young lives.

Bill 89, known as “Kevin and Jared’s Law” and spearheaded by Conservative MPP Cam Jackson, was passed — against all odds — after Julie Craven, mother of 8-year-old murder victim Jared Osidacz, essentially shamed our legislators into it.

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