A mother who bashed her toddler so badly she had to be hospitalised has boasted about not being jailed and ‘surviving’ a storm of social media outrage against her.
Lorien Norman was last week given a suspended jail sentence for a horrific attack in which she abused her eight-month-old daughter Evie with a kitchen serving spoon.
In a text message sent by Norman to her former partner Shane McMahon after being sentenced, she said: ‘So, I’m not going to jail… even with everyone against me on social media I still made it’.
The adorable toddler was left with sickening bruises to her eyes, nose and cheeks at the hands of her mum, who after the incident threatened to throw her off a balcony.
Despite the shocking nature of the attack an Adelaide District Court judge sentenced the 26-year-old mother to only a two-year good behaviour bond and a $500 fine.
And after outrage at the soft sentencing ensued when photos of Evie’s injuries were uploaded to Facebook over the weekend, her doting father Mr McMahon said the abuse would cause long-term issues for his ‘cheeky little monkey’.
Mr McMahon said despite his daughter’s physical health being back to normal, it was likely to be years before she overcame the mental scars she suffered in the attack.
‘Mentally she hasn’t been cleared, because it’s too early in a babies life to determine what the exact mental repercussions will be,’ he said.
‘She’s going to have to have extensive mental rehabilitation down the track, but the concern is that what upsets her most is that she doesn’t like anything near her face.
‘My other daughter has a soft ball and if it goes anywhere near her or near her face she cowers, so she knows what she’s been through and she’s well aware that she’s been hurt.’
Despite being unable to have a haircut because of her fear of anything touching the area where she was bashed, Evie is back on track physically according to her dad.
‘She’s fantastic. It’s 12 months on and she’s been given the all clear physically by the paediatricians, so there’s no long term affect on the physical structure of her bones.’
‘Before she got here she was quite timid, shy and scared, but she’s come into her own little world – she runs the place now.
‘She’s just a cheeky little monkey running around without her nappy, climbing up on the bench when she’s not supposed to, drawing on the walls – she’s a beautiful girl.’
Evie’s mother walked free from court last week with a good behaviour bond after a judge found the baby’s injuries were ‘likely to resolve’.
Despite the offence carries a maximum sentence of 13 years Norman did not spend a day behind bars, instead given the bond and ordered to pay $500.
Gloating about her escape in the hours after facing the District Court, Norman sent a series of messages to her former partner.
‘So I’m not going to jail. What’s your next move?’
‘I’ll send you photos in October. Cute family photos of myself, Indi, Evie, my sister, her partner and my nephew, Hudson.
‘Even with everyone on social media against me, I still made it. And I’ll be having part custody within a year.’
Initially her mother attempted to claim the youngster had become bruised following a fall in a playground, before later pleading guilty aggravated assault causing harm.
Speaking on Thursday, Mr McMahon said he was ‘speechless’ at the soft sentence handed down.
‘I’m disgusted – I’m truly speechless. Where is Evie’s justice?’ he said.
‘I’ve raised both these girls [Evie and India, the second child he had with Norman] single handedly, and she gets 10 months of a sentence that carries a maximum of 13 years!