23-year-old mother takes sexually explicit video of baby and sells it so she can buy computerBy Mason White 5:20 PM January 28, 2016
|Mother and baby (illustration)|
By: Tanya Malhotra
People have threatened violence against a young mother, who sexually abused her son and sold the video for a profit.
The mother of New Zealand, pleaded guilty after recording herself sexually abusing her 1-year-old son and then selling the footage so it could be uploaded to the Internet.
Prosecutors said that the 23-year-old woman, who has two children, sold the video for $300 and she then used the money to buy a laptop computer.
The woman’s lawyer, Annabel Maxwell-Scott, said that her client has been groomed by a man, who later pressured her into making the video and he paid her for it.
Maxwell-Scott told the court that her client spent her childhood living in a series of foster homes and had an extremely difficult upbringing.
The suspect was in foster care from a young age because her mother was in an abusive relationship at the time. The woman defended her actions by saying: “the reason why I didn’t leave him is because he threatened that he’d kill me and the kids.”
The woman’s mother wanted her to be punished with a long prison term. “I think it’s disgusting. My grandson did not know what was going on. She was meant to love him and take care of him, not use him as a sex object,” the suspect’s mother said.
The baby is now being cared for by his paternal grandparents who had successfully applied to lift her name suppression, but it was later reinstated by the court.
Prosecutors asked for the suspect to be sentenced to seven years in prison.
However, Judge Philip Recordon sentenced the woman to eight months of home detention and 100 hours of community service.
The judge pointed out that it was her first offense and said that jail would not be beneficial to her.
People who were angry with the light sentence, have set up social media groups to push for a more severe punishment with members of the public threatening violence against her and calling for the death penalty.