posted on Nov, 24 2006 @ 07:00 PM
I've just watched a story on this, first I've heard of it, on my local news. I've been searching the net to find a link to the story, to bring it
Here we are:
Baby in freezer trial concludes
The trial of Derrick Hardy, charged with unlawful confinement and assault causing bodily harm for putting a baby in a freezer, concluded Friday in
The defence declined to call any witnesses, so both the Crown and the defence offered up summations.
Crown attorney John Diamond addressed Hardy's contention that he put the baby in the freezer last May in order to cool down a sudden fever. He called
Hardy's actions "bizarre," and told the judge it showed "wanton and reckless disregard" for the baby's safety.
He said if the baby really did have a fever, Hardy should've considered the logical options of calling 911, giving the baby medicine, or putting her
in the bathtub to cool her down.
Instead, Diamond points out, Hardy opted to put her in a freezer, leaving her with first- and second-degree frostbite, and a bruise on her wrist from
being "abruptly picked up."
Defense chose not to call any witnesses. Wonder why?
Their defense is that the child had a fever, and daddy of the year jumped to the rescue by placing the baby in the freezer. Makes you wonder. As
ridiculous as this defense is, the fact the child has a bruise on her wrist from being jolted from the freezer, indicates the lack of regard for the
child. It is bad enough to place the child in the freezer, but grant it he makes an effort on this defense. But if the child's best intentions were
at heart, why would he grab the little girl by her hand and yank her out of the freezer?
So many things come to mind after reading this article.
He argued if the judge found Hardy guilty of "unlawful confinement," all parents who keep their babies in cribs, or tuck in their kids at night,
would be guilty of the same thing.
The defense attorney scares me just as much as the accused. He compares placing the child in the freezer as any other parent placing a child in a
crib. How does this guy sleep at night?
The case has been difficult for the family to sit through. The baby's grandfather told CBC News Hardy never liked the baby. He said the girl is 16
months old now, and doing fine.
Glad to hear the little girl is doing fine these days, and hopefully her father is kept from her for a long, long time.
The controversy that this thread and title contains, it is sure to spark plenty of emotions from our members. But if at all possible, could we not
fill this thread with calls for the execution of this man. He is a despicable person and a worse father, but calls for his execution do nothing for
the thread. If at all possible, I would truly appreciate it.
To conclude, we should receive a verdict next Friday. So it will be quite interesting to discuss the issue and validate different punishments, then
see what the courts decided.
Let's have at it.