Traezlin Denzel Starlight, 2, died in a Calgary hospital on Sept. 25, 2014, after being admitted to hospital a week earlier with injuries. His mother, Livia Starlight, from the Tsuut’ina #First Nation southwest of Calgary, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2017. (Facebook) An Alberta mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her two-year-old son has been sentenced to spend 26 months at an #Indigenous healing lodge.
Livia Starlight, who is from Tsuut’ina Nation on Calgary’s southwest corner, admitted in February to killing her son, Traezlin, in September 2014.
At the time of Traezlin’s death, Starlight was already under investigation for child abuse stemming from previous hospital admissions.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Starlight, 30, was home alone with her son and three-year-old daughter at the time.
Traezlin had been whining and she was aggressive with him. He suffered severe internal bleeding and brain damage.
Both Crown and defence counsel told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice William Tilleman that they agree Starlight should serve 26 months at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Indigenous Women.
The healing lodge in Maple Creek, Sask., is under the management and control of Correctional Service Canada.
The lawyers said the length and location are appropriate because Starlight pleaded guilty and grapples with ongoing drug and alcohol abuse, as well as trauma from a violent childhood.Starlight has five other children, one who was born shortly after Traezlin was killed.Starlight gave a statement Friday before the court in Calgary was adjourned for sentencing.She cried and told her family members she was sorry for her addictions and behaviour."I’m so sorry for my lifestyle. I’m so sorry for my family who are here today," she said in court."I’m so sorry for my kids who had to endure my substance abuse … and mostly I’m sorry to my little boy, Traezlin."She […]
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