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Mum wants to raise her toddler behind bars while she serves jail-time for killing his dad

A jailed mother is fighting to raise her toddler behind bars while she serves a manslaughter sentence for killing the boy’s father.

The woman wants to bring up her 22-month-old boy within the walls of Dame Phyllis Frost Centre at Deer Park, Victoria so that she can establish a bond with him.

But the child’s paternal grandparents, who have fostered the boy for most of his life, are fighting to keep him within their care, Herald Sun reports.  

A jailed mother is fighting to raise her toddler behind bars while she serves a manslaughter sentence for killing the boy’s father (stock image)

The woman wants to bring up her 22-month-old boy within the walls of Dame Phyllis Frost Centre at Deer Park, Victoria (pictured) so that she can establish a bond with him

The woman wants to bring up her 22-month-old boy within the walls of Dame Phyllis Frost Centre at Deer Park, Victoria (pictured) so that she can establish a bond with him

‘I don’t know what kind of a life it would be for him in prison,’ said the grandfather.

‘What sort of life is it for a 22-month-old?’

A limited number of special units are provided for mothers and their children at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and the Tarrengower jail, in northern Victoria, as part of a program that aims to encourage mother-child relationships.

But the grandparents, both in their 60s, claim the boy would miss out on socialising with children his own age if he were raised within a prison environment.

The child's paternal grandparents, who have fostered the boy for most of his life, are fighting to keep him within their care (stock image)

The child’s paternal grandparents, who have fostered the boy for most of his life, are fighting to keep him within their care (stock image)

A limited number of special units are provided for mothers and their children at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (pictured) and the Tarrengower jail, in northern Victoria, as part of a program that aims to encourage mother-child relationships

A limited number of special units are provided for mothers and their children at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (pictured) and the Tarrengower jail, in northern Victoria, as part of a program that aims to encourage mother-child relationships

Further to that, they argue the boy was not in his mother’s care prior to her being locked up – a compulsory program guideline.

As it stands, the boy visits his mother once a fortnight.

She has been serving her sentence for more than 12 months, and hopes to regain custody of all her children when she’s released from jail as early as next year.



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