Mum Donna Deaves with two-year-old daughter Tanilla Warwick-Deaves.
Mum Donna Deaves with two-year-old daughter Tanilla Warwick-Deaves.

Mum of killed two-year-old Tanilla to walk out of jail

THE mother of a two-year-old Tanilla Warrick-Deaves, whose lifeless body was found in a pram nine years ago, will walk out of prison next month.

The Ballina toddler, who was visiting her mother on the Central Coast in 2011, was found in her pram two days after being beaten by her stepfather and left for dead.

Warren Ross was found guilty of the toddler's murder and sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment after the court found he repeatedly bashed and tortured the two-year-old as 'toilet training' punishment, ultimately leading to her death.

He had been living with Tanilla and her mother Donna Deaves at the time.

 

Warren Ross murdered his girlfriend's daughter Tanilla Warwick-Deaves by abusing and bashing the toddler leaves Kings St Court after being sentenced to 40 years jail.
Warren Ross murdered his girlfriend's daughter Tanilla Warwick-Deaves by abusing and bashing the toddler leaves Kings St Court after being sentenced to 40 years jail.

Tanilla's family buried her at Ballina and continue to honour her memory.

Deaves was sentenced to 12 years in jail for manslaughter in 2011, with a nine years non-parole period.

Now that nine years non-parole period is up, Deaves has been granted a release date.

A State Parole Authority spokeswoman said the scheduled release date for parole is on October 17.

The spokeswoman said Deaves will complete the rest of her sentence in the community under strict supervision and with several conditions, including ongoing psychological treatment.

"Parole is not early release from prison but is the part of overall sentence that the trial judge determines should be served in the community, under supervision and with conditions, in order to support an offender's rehabilitation and reintegration into society," the SPA spokeswoman said.

Undated copy pic of Tanilla Deaves (2) who was located at her home in Watanobbi near Wyong on the NSW Central Coast with a number of injuries.
Undated copy pic of Tanilla Deaves (2) who was located at her home in Watanobbi near Wyong on the NSW Central Coast with a number of injuries.


"The successful rehabilitation of offenders enhances the safety of the community."

Deaves, as part of her parole application, underwent a throughout assessment by Community Corrections before her release was approved.

"Community Corrections conducted a thorough assessment of the offender's progress and conduct in custody and recommended to the SPA that the offender be released to parole," the SPA spokeswoman said.

"The pre-release report submitted to the SPA stated the offender had completed targeted programs in custody and had 'limited further options for custodial based offence targeted interventions'.

"The report concluded her risk is 'likely to be managed more appropriately in the community where she will have access to supports and services'.

Considering all the evidence in the matter, the SPA accepted the advice of Community Corrections and determined to grant the offender parole.

 

Donna Deaves is led from the back of court. Pic Stephen Cooper
Donna Deaves is led from the back of court. Pic Stephen Cooper

 

Further to the 11 standard parole conditions, Deaves was ordered to also comply with additional conditions that she:

• Must participate in psychological treatment.

• Must not contact, communicate with, watch, stalk or harass the victim/s and or the victims' family.

• Must not contact, communicate or associate with her co-offender.

Deaves must also comply with all the conditions and requirements of the Child Protection Register.

Should she breach any of these conditions she faces having her parole revoked and being returned to custody.

Deaves must comply with parole orders until her sentence expires in 2023.


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