A FORMER Caboolture woman jailed in 2003 for the sickening "hog-tying" death of her 18-month-old daughter has revealed she is going to be a mother again.
In an interview in today's Qweekend
magazine, Rebecca Mae Haliday, 27, who now lives in Victoria and is a free woman after her parole expired in February, speaks of her fears for what will happen when authorities find out about the pregnancy.
Haliday begs the public to leave her in peace during her fresh shot at motherhood and says she is willing to abide by any conditions imposed by government authorities so she can keep the new baby.
Haliday and her former boyfriend Daniel Ronald Green, now 30, were both jailed for six years for the manslaughter of her youngest child Beanca Newman, who died in 2001 in their caravan home, north of Brisbane.
She also had a son, two-and-a-half, at the time of Beanca's death.
The pair admitted Beanca was tied up with rolled bedsheets night after night for weeks to teach her "that bedtime was bedtime".
Haliday, then 20, did not take part in the restraining process but was conjointly charged because she consented to it. She told police that in the final weeks she believed the restraints were strengthened, as Green "hogtied" together Beanca's separately bound hands and feet.
The toddler eventually died in her sleep from a combination of pneumonia and asphyxia.
Haliday's other child Chris was taken in by his paternal grandmother Jenny Newman, who is raising him in Melbourne. There was no evidence the boy had been tied up.
News of Haliday's pregnancy has shocked Ms Newman who told The Courier-Mail
yesterday she was "incredibly worried" for the unborn baby.
"My message to the authorities is 'protect this child'," she said.
News of Haliday's pregnancy follows a spate of shocking child neglect cases around the country which have prompted the Federal Government to announce plans for a national strategy to tackle the issue.
The strategy is expected to involve information sharing across jurisdictions and better prevention measures.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday called on the community to report any evidence of child neglect.
"If you have a reasonable suspicion or reasonable concern that a young child is the subject of abuse I think you've got a moral responsibility to act," Mr Rudd said.