'Daddy is hurting my mummy': 6-yr-old saves mum's life after she tells teacher about gruesome domestic abuse
Jodie Keegans called her daughter a superhero for telling her teacher what was happening which led to support services getting involved and the arrest of her abusive husband
WARNING: GRAHPIC CONTENT
A little six-year-old child saved her mother's life after she reported the abuse she faces at the hands of her husband to a teacher. "My Daddy is hurting my Mummy," she told the teacher. Her mother Jodie Keegans endured great suffering at the hands of her abusive, controlling husband Scott for over three years. The judge hearing the case described it as one of the most 'satanic' cases he had ever seen.
Scott Keegans was sent to jail for 18 years last month after Jodie's six-year-old daughter told her teacher about the abuse that was taking place at home. As reported by DailyMail, the girl told the teacher how her mother "says she loves him, but he keeps hurting her".
Jodie had met Scott at a nightclub in the year 2005. She said that their 13-year-long relationship had not always been this violent. "It started off really good, he was a great partner and father in the beginning but, about three years ago, his possessive behavior started to escalate."
When 34-year-old Scott was arrested, Jodie was taken to the Doncaster hospital for the first time since her abuse started and she stayed at the hospital for five days over Christmas. "It was the best Christmas I have ever had," she shared.
Jodie had been controlled, abused, and manipulated and had to endure horrors such as being bitten, punched, stamped on causing broken bones, and multiple fractures. In one particularly brutal attack, Scott almost ripped her ear off and did not let her go to the hospital. She was forced to glue it back on together with semi-permanent eyelash glue.
Jodie revealed how Scott's attacks would start out of the blue and the reasons could be as trivial as his coffee not being made properly and her being able to sleep when he could not.
Jodie's horrific nightmare came to end after a "week of hell" in December last year when Scott beat her up for around two hours with a rolling pin. Around 95% of her body was covered in bruises. He was not supposed to be staying at the family address and, two days later, when he did not show up for social care organized council sessions, the police stepped in to investigate.
Jodie praises her daughter for being brave and helping her escape the abuse. "My daughter is my superhero for being brave enough to tell her school what was happening, which is when support services first became involved. She really did save my life," Jodie shared. On several occasions, Jodie thought that Scott would actually take her life.
He didn't want me to engage with anyone and would always as the kids, 'Who did mummy speak to today?" Jodie shared. She was not allowed to work, own a mobile phone, or meet any of her friends and family. She was also forced to miss her own sister's funeral when she suddenly died in the year 2015 due to undiagnosed cancer.
"He used to tell me I was lazy and tell the kids 'Mummy is useless'. I actually used to love horror films and that's why we had a Halloween wedding. But after actually living in one, I don't think I'll ever be able to watch one again," she continued.
When the police came knocking at the front door on December 23, Scott fled the house using the back door. Jodie shared, "As soon as I saw them, I knew this might be my only chance and I made sure all of the windows and doors were locked and that he was actually gone. Then I did something I'd never done before, showed the two police officers my injuries and simply said, 'I think I'm a victim of domestic abuse'".
"I guess that was the first time I had actually admitted what was happening to me, and that I needed help," she shared. Later on that day, Scott was arrested and the children were taken to a safe place.
Jodie was taken to a nearby hospital where she had a full body scan which showed just how bad her injuries were. She had a broken shoulder and many old and new rib as well as spinal fractures. She also had many bite marks and clumps of her hair had been pulled out. The doctors shared that she was at risk of a lung failure.
Jodie watched as Scott was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court of six counts of assault, sexual assault by penetration and rape. "It was definitely a nerve-wracking experience facing him in court but it was the closure I needed to move on with my life. For him to get such a lengthy sentence was the best possible result," Jodie shared.
She is hoping to help other victims of domestic abuse and has her own support group in Doncaster. "I want to empower women, and men, to come forward. To anyone who has been a victim of domestic abuse, the help is there and it's amazing, you just need to take that first step and reach out. You just don't talk about it, you keep it silent, you keep it a secret, but there needs to be a spotlight shone on it to increase awareness," she shared.