Parents jailed for torturing daughter, 5, by leaving her in ice-cold bath FOR HOURS as punishment
LEEDS, ENGLAND: A couple has jailed for three years for nearly killing their daughter, 5, by putting her in an ice-cold bath for hours. The girl was minutes away from her death when they pulled her out. The parents did not call the ambulance for almost 40 minutes after the girl had passed out as they tried to warm her up themselves. The girl is now in the custody of her biological father. When arrested, the couple said that they had no idea that the child was cold and that she had hit her head.
The Leeds Crown Court was shaken by the horrifying actions of the couple. The child's mother Georgia Newman and stepfather Jordan Michael Kilkenny, both 29, were arrested for inflicting severe punishment on their daughter for misbehaving. When the girl passed out due to extremely low body temperature, the parents tried to warm her up and failed to call for help for almost 30 to 40 minutes. The paramedics described the young girl to be unconscious, blue in appearance, and frothing at the mouth when they arrived at the Leeds, West Yorkshire property, as reported by Daily Mail. The doctors initially predicted that the child would not be able to recover as she had also suffered a seizure and was put on a ventilator. Her body's temperature was at a shocking 25° Celcius (77° Fahrenheit), which is 12º Celcius (54.6° Fahrenheit) less than normal.
The young girl miraculously made full recovery and is now living with her biological father. The recovery comes as a shock as one expert explained that her condition was almost similar to someone who had been floating in the North Sea. The expert also that they had never known anyone to survive and recover from such extreme hypothermia.
When interviewed, the young girl revealed that it was her stepfather Kilkenny who had put her in the ice-cold bath for misbehaving but only at the direction of her mother. It was also revealed that Kilkenny had searched on Google for what would happen if a child was placed in a cold bath for 45 minutes.
Parents jailed for 3 years for torturing daughter
The pair admitted to cruelty but also claimed that when they tried to get the girl out of the bath, she refused. Newman was sentenced to three years and six months, while Kilkenny to three years and four months.
The prosecutors also told the court that the parents used a Bair Hugger blanket to raise her temperature and even pushed warm fluids through her body with a bladder push. Prosecutor Richard Woolfall further rocked the court by revealing that the paramedics could not straighten the body of the young girl because it was so stiff.
Judge Robin Mairs, while sentencing the pair, said, "It was a cruel and unusual punishment and you must have known it would have caused considerable discomfort. She was subjected to an extreme, calculated and torturous punishment. Medical staff recognized that death was just minutes away. That was the punishment you inflicted on your daughter. The delay in calling the ambulance, I have little doubt, was concern for yourself and not the child. Your parental culpability is equal."
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