Dad’s fury as mum who killed their eight-week-old twin daughter allowed to work with CHILDREN for AFL team
A FATHER has told of his outrage after his ex-wife has been granted a permit to work with kids despite killing their baby daughter.
Tina Terlato brutally attacked twin eight-week-old girls Amanda and Alicia at her home in Melbourne, Australia nine years go.
After both girls were rushed to the hospital, Amanda was pronounced dead after surgery while her sister was left with lifelong injuries including cerebral palsy.
Terlato was charged with murder, however she avoided jail after the charge was downgraded to infanticide with a judge citing her poor mental health as a factor in the sentencing.
Now her ex-husband Paul Terlato has said he’s “disgusted” to learn that Tina is being allowed to work with children at Essendon Football Club – an Australian Football League (AFL) club.
She has been granted permission to design banners for the team alongside kids.
Paul told the Herald Sun: “Every time I see her face when she poses up with AFL players or when I hear about her attending games – it just brings back bad memories.
“I’m shocked, I’m disgusted, I’m angry. Essendon Football Club and the AFL need to stop her membership and refuse her entry anywhere in Australia.”
It is not known how someone with convictions was able to gain a working with kids permit.
In a letter to its associates, the club said “criminal convictions don’t prohibit people from becoming members.”
The statement read: “Passing a police, background check is not a requirement.
“All members of the Bomber Squad are required to pass a working with children check in order to participate in activities like banner making.
“If a member’s status ever changes, then we would act accordingly.”
The twins’ relatives have called for the outdated infanticide law in Victoria to be scrapped.
Introduced in the UK in the 1920s, the law meant mothers who killed their own children would not be charged with murder and sentenced to death. It has been abolished in most of the western world.
The girls’ aunt Michelle Terlato said: “We as a family feel that babies lives and children’s lives don’t really count that much.
“I think infanticide is a very sexist and archaic law.
“It was brought in to protect women with babies who were unwed hundreds of years ago and were shunned by society, or had no choice but to kill their newborn.
“There’s certainly no excuse these days to feel that you’re in that position, not to have the support and care to be able to look after a newborn.”
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