5. Mum Receives Backlash for Breastfeeding Friend’s Son
A mum has come under fire online for posting on Facebook a photo of her, breastfeeding her son and a friend’s son.
Mum Jessica is shown in the photo breastfeeding both her son and a friend’s son at the same time, calling them milk siblings. “My son on the right is 16 months and my friend’s son is 18 months. I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it’s a special bond between us all #MilkSiblings,” she wrote.
Many people showed their support for Jessica saying they wish they have a nursing babysitter. However, others say breastfeeding is “a sacred bond that should only be shared by mother and baby.”
4. Child Sold to Another Family Reunited with Biological Mum Who Was Told She was Dead After Being Born
It’s every kid’s nightmare — to hear that your parents are dead after you were born, but learning after so many years that it was a lie, and that you were sold to another family, is worse.
Kriste Hughes, now 51, learned the horrifying truth that she was sold to her adoptive parents a week after Dr Thomas Jugarthy Hicks told her biological mother that she had a bad heart and that her mother had to sign a death certificate. Dr Hicks was notorious in the 1950s and 60s as the doctor who faked babies’ deaths — close to 200 of them — to their mothers and selling the babies to couples from another state.
Through ABC’s Nightline, Kriste found her first cousin using Ancestry.com. Her cousin said that two of her aunts had given birth at the Hicks clinic, but only one remained alive, who also had a son. She requested the son to take the DNA test to prove if he is her biological brother. The result was an astounding match.
Kriste then tracked her mum through her biological brother and learned that her biological mother, Thelma Tipton who is now 75 years old is still alive. Thelma said she felt robbed of her life with Kriste.
Dr Hicks surrendered his medical license in 1964. He died in 1972 at age of 83, and was never held accountable for the babies he sold.
3. Grandad Denied Bail for Charges of Abusing Daughters, Granddaughters for 28 Years
A 68-year-old grandfather was accused of sexually abusing his children, grandchildren for 28 years.
The man, charged with 24 offences, which include 20 charges of indecent treatment of children, two charges of incest and one count each of assault and attempted indecent treatment of a child, appeared before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday. He was allegedly abusing five of his daughters and granddaughters between 1984 and 2012.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Scott Pearson refused for the suspect to be granted bail, saying that the man’s behaviour had been described as “prolific and opportunistic”. He also said that some incidents took place allegedly while the man’s wife was in the house. He added that the man also castigated his victims when they reported the abuse to their mother.
Magistrate Wendy Cull has denied bail despite being told by defence lawyer Christine Linklater that the man planned to transfer to another city with his wife.
2. Mum Charged Over Deaths of Three Kids After Wyndham Vale Lake Crash
A Sudanese woman was charged with murder of her three children who died after plunging into a lake in west of Melbourne last April. Though it may seem an accident, but further investigations show, it is not.
Police arrested mum Akon Guode, 36, who was driving that time, after four months of investigation. She was charged with three counts of murder and one of attempted murder after her four-year-old twins, Anger and Madit Manyang, and her one-year-old son Bol were killed when the car plunged into Lake Gladman in Wyndham Vale last April 8.
Her five-year-old daughter, Awel, survived the incident when nearby residents helped pull her to safety.
She is expected to face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
1. Mum Loses Custody of Child After False Sex Abuse Claims Against Child’s Father
A mum loses custody of her four-year-old son after the court found out that her claim of her son being sexually abused by his father is false.
Federal Circuit Court judge Josephine Willis said the mother, who was fictitiously named as Ms Brand, was the boy’s carer ever since he was born. She said that “it was ‘difficult to accept’ that her concerns for her son were ‘genuinely held’.” Willis also said that the mother’s refusal to recognise the boy’s rights to be with his father “could be viewed as emotional abuse.”
The judge said that Ms Brand alleged that the boy had masturbated at around the age of three after a visit to his father’s home and that she fears a “possible sexual abuse” happened. However, the judge said that the allegation was “without foundation, malicious and strategic” in order to shoo away the father from becoming involved with their son. She also said that the mother was ready to making wicked allegations against the father, including that of “sexual abuse.” She even questioned the mother’s way of parenting by still breastfeeding the four-year-old boy.
The judge ordered that the boy will live with his father and only spend alternate weekends with his mother.