Friday, June 18, 2010

Religious Nutcase Chokes Her Baby to Death With a Bible

Across the pond, Julia Lovemore, 41, has been found guilty of the June 2009 killing of her 6-week-old daughter, Faith. According to the Telegraph, Julia and her 39-year-old husband David share "extreme religious beliefs" which literally made them crazy to the point where child services were coming to the home regularly to check on Faith and her sister Angel. On one of those days after the agency conducted a home visit, crazy Julia murdered Faith, doused Angel in paint thinner while David watched on and prayed, because to him, praying to God is most important.
[Prosecutor] John Farmer told the court that Lovemore, who had mental health problems since her mid 20s, killed Faith on June 17 last year while in a "florid state of psychoses". He said she ripped out pages from the Bible out of “frustration”, stuffed them into her child’s mouth, sat on her, bounced up and down and smothered her to death. “Profound mental ill health and engagement with religious beliefs turned out to be an explosive cocktail,” Mr Farmer said. The court heard that Rebecca Hughes, a community psychiatric nurse and Joetta Fox, a health visitor visited the couple’s home during a pre-arranged visit shortly after the child died. They found Mr Lovemore in a “psychotic” state, praying loudly and shouting "Take the Devil out of Julia". He refused to answer questions. The pair were left disturbed and left to get help without checking on Lovemore or her baby. “Unfortunately, neither of them sought to see (Lovemore) and the best interpretation of events is that by then Faith was dead or dying because there would be no other reason why the husband of the defendant was so intensely engaged in prayer,” Mr Farmer said. Mr Lovemore then carried the child’s lifeless body to a local GP surgery. He was accompanied by his eldest daughter who had been doused in white spirits but was otherwise unharmed. At a meeting in early June 2009, when it was deemed both children, should remain on the "at risk" register, Mr Lovemore was described as "quiet and bland". Mr Farmer added: "During the meeting when he was asked what he would do if Faith or her sister got into difficulty he said he would pray first. He never said yes or no to calling a doctor." Frances Oldham, QC, defending Lovemore, told the court it was a “tragedy that could have been avoided”. "In our submission that was a tragedy but given the history here of not only Julia Lovemore but also her husband, the father of the baby, it was a tragedy that could have been avoided," she said. Lovemore's aunt, who was in court, had reported her to authorities after becoming concerned over her "religious fervor", she said. She had distanced herself from her family, branding them "heathens"....In a statement to police at least a month after her arrest, Lovemore could not explain how it occured. "I sat in my bedroom and I was ripping pages out of my Bible. I put some small bits of paper in Faith's mouth and she spat them out," she told officers. "For some reason I sat on her, I was crying. I was bouncing on the bed. I don't know why I was sitting on her. I got bi-polar."
So sad. David was initially charged as an accessory, but he was found not guilty.

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