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Father tells B.C. judge that happy, loving girl, 8, taken for no reason

Last Updated Jun 12, 2019 at 7:23 pm PDT

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Teagan's body was discovered in the trunk of a car that had crashed in a ditch in South Surrey on Dec. 10, 2014

The defence said Lisa Batstone's childhood was marked with difficulties, and that she has had depression and anxiety

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The father of an eight-year-old girl who was smothered by her mother says a happy, empathetic, sensitive and loving child was taken away from the world for no reason.

Gabe Batstone told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge at Lisa Batstone’s sentencing hearing that the worst part has been seeing the impact on her two young half-brothers, who live with “profound grief.”

Lisa Batstone, of Surrey, B.C., faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years for smothering her sleeping daughter, Teagan, with a plastic bag in 2014.

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Teagan’s body was discovered in the trunk of a car that had crashed in a ditch in South Surrey on Dec. 10, 2014.

Crown lawyer Christopher McPherson asked the judge to make the woman ineligible for parole for 16 to 18 years because Batstone abused her position of trust to kill a child and has continued to attempt to deflect blame. The Crown argued she has still not taken responsibility for what happened, and continues to blame her ex-husband for the death of their daughter.

Gabe Batstone’s current wife, Stephanie, told the judge through tears that her eldest son has lost his ability to be a kid because Lisa Batstone took his sister and his best friend. She told the court: “I watched the childhood drain out of my eight-year-old son. He was robbed of his childhood.”

She said problems at school pushed them to move to another district, and while the now 13-year-old has made new friends, he doesn’t talk about his sister or bring his friends over to their home because there are pictures of Teagan on the walls.

Her youngest son, Jack, is turning seven and Stephanie Batstone said he has a constant fear of being murdered. “Will Lisa die me too?” she said Jack once asked her. She added he keeps toy guns and weapons under his bed “in case the bad guy comes at night.”

At the sentencing hearing on June 12, the defence said Lisa Batstone’s childhood was marked with difficulties, including sexual abuse and suicide attempts, and that “depression and anxiety have been a feature of her life.” The defence is asking for a 10 to 12 year sentence before she can apply for parole.

Speaking through tears, Batstone told the court she would give anything to take her actions back. “It is impossible for me to put into words how remorseful I am and the pain I have caused,” she said.

The defence argued that Batstone was remorseful from the start and “she lives daily with the realization she killed Teagan,” stating she has a high chance of being rehabilitated.

The defendant told the court that she has been seeing a doctor weekly while in custody, and she now has the tools to cope with her mental illness.

Gabe Batstone said that next to his daughter’s eulogy, reading his victim impact statement was the hardest thing he’s ever done. He added he would prefer the longer sentence because it would give his family more time to heal before his ex-wife is free.

“I just hope that her brothers are adults before they have to know that the person who killed their sister is walking free.”

Final sentencing is expected to take place on Sept. 3.

With files from The Canadian Press.