14, 2005 - April 14,
A Grave Memorial
|What is going on in
our world when birth control is readily available to anyone who wants
it, yet, women keep having unprotected sex, getting pregnant, having
babies they don't want and
killing them? Katrina Effert, a 20 year old woman, did just that and
she seemed to have walked away
unaffected, legally, by the murder she committed.
Katrina gave birth to her son on the floor, in the basement alone.
Katrina promptly killed the child by strangling him with her underwear
and then threw him over the fence behind a shed in the neighbors yard
as though he didn't matter at all, as though his life meant nothing.
Four days later the baby was discovered and Katrina tried to blame his
death on other people, including her ex-boyfriend, Dan, who she said
was the father, though he denied killing the child as well as being the
father, saying they only had sex once and he had used a condom.
Friends talked about how Katrina had first told them she was pregnant
and she told them she didn't want children. Katrina talked to her
friends about adoption and when she was told not to get rid of this
baby, to put it up for adoption, she said okay. She lied!
Katrina got lucky when a judge decided that she had a disturbed mind
the day she gave birth and killed her baby. Katrina was able to kill a
helpless newborn baby and then walk way with a three year
suspended prison sentence and probation.
In court, Katrina was crying when she said:
"I just want to say
that I am sorry for everything that happened, especially to my family.
I wish I could take it
all back, but I can't"
You can't tell Rodney that you are sorry,
you can't say you're sorry and make me believe it. You are a selfish
woman who knew she didn't want children and should have made
arrangements for someone to adopt this child before he was ever born.
jury had found Katrina guilty of second degree murder and in 2009 she
was sentenced to life in prison for killing Rodney. A new trial was
ordered to take
place due to jurors being given what was said to be flawed
instructions. The Court Of Appeal in Alberta, Canada overturned the
conviction, ruling that the verdict was unreasonable and a conviction
of infanticide was handed down.
At trial, a forensic psychiatrist testified that Katrina was suffering
from an imbalance of the mind and that she had an acute stress
disorder, at the time of Rodney's death. Queen's Bench
Justice Joan Veit rejected a Crown's suggestion that Katrina spend four
years in prison siting the fact that
infanticide has not been stricken from the Criminal Code and has no
maximum penalty. Joan Veit said that she feels
Canadians are accepting and are sympathetic with the demands of
pregnancy and child birth, especially
to mothers with no support and she rejected the belief of the Crown
that it was upsetting that Katrina had lied to
police in the beginning of the case:
Canadians are grieved by the infants death, especially at the hands of
but Canadians also grieve
for the mother. I am of the view that, due to the finding Effert
was suffering from a
disturbance of her mind at the time, she has a
diminished moral blame-
with others who kill young children under their
there were many factors to consider, including that Katrina was young
and had no prior record and that she was sorry for what she had done.
In my opinion, the ONLY factor
to be considered is that a
baby suffered and died at the hands of this woman who then proceeded to
toss this baby Angel over the fence as
though he never mattered. If Katrina was not in her right mind when she
did this, there's something majorly wrong
with her and she needs to be put away, for life.
Dan, the man she accused of being the father said:
"I think she should go
to jail forever. The kid didn't have a chance"
I think so too, Dan!
Poem For Baby Rodney
Death Occurred in Canada
I could have been there
To help you on that fateful day
I'd have tried to moved the Earth
To take all of your pain away
I didn't get to
know or hold you
Or see your precious little face
To love the Angel who you are
Or help to keep you oh so safe
God must have
known you're special
And He needed you with him above
And now the Angels get to hold you
Showing you their unending love
June 9, 2014
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