- Australia’s “most hated woman” may be innocent, according to medical evidence.
- The woman was convicted for killing her four children from 1990 to 1999.
- Scientists believe the babies died of natural causes.
Kathleen Folbigg, who was convicted for killing her four children, one after the other, is innocent, according to scientists.
Caleb was just 19 days old when he was found dead in his crib. Patrick was eight months he died. Sarah was 10 months when she stopped breathing, and Laura was 19 months when she perished.
Folbigg found each of her children lifeless in their beds, one after the other, between 1990 and 1999. In 2003, she was sentenced to 40 years in prison for one count of manslaughter and three counts of murder. Her sentence was reduced to 30 years on appeal.
Now, a petition signed by 90 scientists has been sent to the governor of New South Wales asking for the pardon of the 53-year-old woman. According to scientists, the babies died of natural causes, most likely due to genetic abnormalities.
One part of the petition reads: “Ms. Folbigg has suffered and continues to suffer emotional and psychological trauma and physical abuse in custody. She has endured the death of her four children and has been wrongfully incarcerated because the justice system has failed her.”
Two Nobel laureates and the president of the Australian Academy of Science are among those who signed the petition. The petitioners come from Australia and eight other countries.
According to the petition, “There is no medical evidence” that Folbigg smothered her babies.
In 2018, medical experts discovered that Sarah and Laura both had mutated CALM2 genes, which can lead to sudden death in infants and children, according to the petition.
Scientists are still studying if the boys also had similar genetic mutations.
But an autopsy of Patrick showed that he suffered from epilepsy, while Caleb’s death was linked to sudden infant death syndrome.
During the highly publicized trial of Folbigg, the prosecutors said it’s credulity to believe that all four babies died by accident. The prosecutors also pointed to her diaries, which her husband read after the last death.
In one of her entries, Folbigg write: “Obviously, I am my father’s daughter.” Prosecutors said it was Folbigg’s way of saying that she had “inherited the sin of killing” from her father, who stabbed his wife to death in 1968 when Folbigg was only 18 months old.
During a court hearing in 2019, Folbigg denied that assertion. “I believed and thought at the time that my father’s actions ruined my life and my life never seemed to go right from there,” she said.
Folbigg has consistently denied killing her children, but in 2019, the courts upheld her convictions.
Just weeks after the petition was sent in March, her appeal of a 2019 inquiry that upheld the jury’s verdict was rejected by a three-judge panel. The governor’s office in New South Wales is reviewing the petition for her pardon.
Source: Inside Edition