Baby Killed By Mother In Devastating Case Of Violence
A Perth mother has been sentenced to eight years in prison after a court found her guilty of unlawfully killing her five-month-old son.
Melissa Louise Bulloch’s son Lochlan was found dead at his Hamilton home, southwest of Perth, in January 2014. The little baby suffered severe brain injures, bruising to his head and neck and was found with meth in his system.
The 27-year-old claimed she had no memory of the murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter. During sentencing Bulloch showed no signs of emotion, despite Justice Chaney accepting the baby’s death was ‘a source of considerable distress’ for the young mum.
During the trial, prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo detailed disturbing accounts of more abuse the five-month old endured, which included having smoke blown in his face, being left in a car and also being shaken and sworn at.
Source: Seven News
The judge concluded that Bulloch’s drug use was out of control and greatly affected her parenting. He said it caused her to act impulsively and unpredictably.
The court also heard chilling phone calls following the little boy’s death. In one, the 27-year-old stated ‘I’m sorry Lochlan…for killing you, my sweetheart. That freaked me out.’
Via a letter, the court was told Bulloch wished she could take the incident back and was ‘beyond sorry.’
'I live every day knowing that I won't be a mother to him and watch him grow up,' she said.
She’ll be eligible for parole in 2020.