Parents left their 2-year-old child to die from horrific burns after punishing her with a boiling hot bath.
- Shane David Stokes and Nicole Betty Moore pleaded guilty to manslaughter after boiling their daughter and leaving her to suffer from her injuries for five days.
- Maddilyn-Rose Stokes, 2, died of complications due to severe burns after being plunged into a boiling hot bath as punishment.
- The toddler had a 100% chance to survive, but her parents didn’t seek medical help to avoid Child Safety Services.
Maddilyn-Rose Stokes, an innocent 2-year-old girl from Queensland, died after her ruthless parents failed to seek medical help for her injuries. She was suffering from horrific burns after her mother and father plunged her into a boiling hot bath. As Daily Mail reports, they did this to punish her for soiling her nappy.
The child was left in “excruciating pain” as the water scalded most of her body. This dreadful incident happened on May 20, 2017. According to the Queensland Supreme Court, the child would have screamed in agony during the horrific ordeal.
Tragically, instead of reaching out for medical help, Shane David Stokes, 33, and Nicole Betty Moore, 26, hid the 2-year-old. The cruel parents wanted to avoid an intervention from the Department of Child Safety Services since Maddilyn-Rose was previously treated for severe malnutrition as a baby.
Five days later, the toddler died in a hospital after paramedics found her lying unconscious at her family’s Northgate townhouse.
Had the parents called an ambulance immediately after Maddilyn-Rose was burnt, she had a 100% chance of surviving.
While hiding their child from the authorities, the heartless parents tried to treat her burns at home. When officials searched through their house, they found blood-soaked bandages, toilet paper, and mattresses. According to prosecutor Sarah Farnden, the toddler “would have been in misery and pain.” Ms, Farnden added:
“She would have been dehydrated and weak before becoming delirious and falling unconscious before going into cardiac arrest.”
Further investigation revealed that the 2-year-old had been given anti-depressants to “quieten or tranquilize” her while she was in agony.
The defense told the court that Maddilyn-Rose’s death was a case of her parents “doing their incompetent best.”
Eoin Mac Giolla Ri, who defended Strokes and Moore in court, claimed that the child’s tragic passing was not an act of deliberation.
Additionally, the mother’s lawyers stated that she did not cause her daughter’s injuries. They insisted that she wanted to call an ambulance and had been “under the delusion” that Maddilyn-Rose would get better.
Moreover, they claimed that Moore “was scared the child would be taken from her.”
Both Strokes and Moore pleaded guilty to letting their child die while suffering unimaginable pain from the burns. The Queensland Supreme Court accused them of manslaughter and failing to seek medical attention.
On Monday, judge Justice David Jackson said the child’s death was “dreadful and beyond tragic.”
The judge told the cold-blooded parents:
“Your concerns were for yourselves, at your daughter’s expense – it cost your daughter’s life. The greatest tragedy is that had you taken her promptly to hospital, called triple zero, her life would have been saved and she would have received proper pain relief. She would not have had to endure almost five days of excruciating pain suffered by the victim of untreated and serious burns – you both bear full responsibility.”
After the hearing, Strokes was sentenced to 11 years and Moore to 9 years and six months. Judge Jackson refused to make any recommendation for early parole.