Melbourne, AU ~ A woman who hog-tied and tortured her toddler daughter to death has given birth to another baby.
Rebecca Haliday and then boyfriend Daniel Ronald Green were jailed for six years for torturing Beanca Newman, 18 months, to death in Queensland in July 2001. But as the dead girl's grandmother made a plea for the safety of the new baby, the State Government refused to say whether it would remove the infant.
Haliday had been subject to parole conditions including telling authorities if she fell pregnant. But during the week Haliday, who lives in Footscray, gave birth at Sunshine Hospital. The convicted child killer confirmed she had had a boy.
She earlier revealed the newborn's dad was a drug addict who fled when she became pregnant. Beanca's grandmother Jenny Newman said: "Someone must step in to make sure this baby is safe. "She has done nothing to change. At the end of the day, this is another little person this person can't look after.
"Before we were the support and now she has no support, no parenting skills and I'm just very scared for this little baby." A judge said Beanca, who was found lying face down in her bed, had been subjected to "unimaginable cruelty".
Beanca's brother Chris, who was 2 1/2 at the time and is now looked after by Ms Newman, lay in bed next to her as she suffocated in a filthy caravan. But Department of Human Services spokesman Brendan Ryan refused to say whether Haliday's new child would be removed or have his safety monitored.
"The (DHS) has considerable powers with regards to the protection of Victorian children and obviously we would be guided in this by whatever orders the Children's Court decides to issue," Mr Ryan said.
"Our first priority is, of course, the protection of children."