Jacqueline was born in July 1994 and died on December 17, 1996. She lived a life of neglect and loneliness. She died the same way. She lived with her parents and brother and sister in squalor. Although during her whole life her family was under the supervision on social workers, her death wasn't prevented. At least five referrals to social workers about the welfare of her and her brother and sister were reported over the six months before her death. Little Jacqueline spent most of her days ignored by her parents and confined to her crib. At her parents trial numerous witnesses gave testimony stating that they rarely ever saw Jacqueline out of her room. Jacqueline's parents did not even notice that she was dead in her crib until several hours after she had died and their pet chinchilla was gnawing at her hand. Experts discovered that she had died of extreme dehydration occurring over a period of 2 - 6 days. Jacqueline's parents were both convicted of manslaughter. At their sentencing the judge stated
The Canadian Family Services Act of 1980 states child abuse includes sexual abuse, physical abuse, physical neglect, and emotional maltreatment. If you suspect anyone of child abuse please contact your local authorities and help to save a child.
"their crime was one of neglect and failing to do what they should have, not a crime of violent action...they ignored her to death"