Deported child killer Allyson McConnell speaks to Australian media
Published Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:04PM EDT
A mother who killed her two young sons in Alberta is not ruling out having more children.
Speaking to media for the first time since being deported from Canada to her native Australia, Allyson McConnell told The Sunday Telegraph she considers herself a “loving mother” and says she thinks about her sons “every single day.”
McConnell, 34, left Canada in early April after gaining early release from a psychiatric hospital in Edmonton.
She had served 10 months of a six-year manslaughter sentence for drowning her two boys, two-year-old Connor and 10-month-old Jayden, in the bathtub at their home in near Edmonton, in 2010.
McConnell was originally charged with second-degree murder. During her trial, court heard that McConnell was severely depressed and suicidal when she killed her children. Afterward, she jumped off a busy freeway overpass, seriously injuring herself.
She was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in jail, but the judge gave her credit for time already served. Once released, she flew to Australia with her mother, Helen Meager, by her side.
The Telegraph interviewed McConnell as she helped her mother in the garden at their home in Gosford, located on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
“There have been a lot of things written about me being a bad mother,” she told The Telegraph. “I wasn’t a bad mother, I was actually a very loving mother. But you never hear about that.
“At the moment I’m just trying to get over what has happened. It’s been as upsetting for me as much as everyone else involved. I think about them every single day.”
Asked if she would like more children in the future, McConnell reportedly said: “I wouldn’t say no.”
Meager told The Telegraph she doesn’t think people realize the serious effect the situation has had on her daughter.
“She’s not well and we still have the appeal to get through. Right now we want to get her better and settled.”
McConnell’s ex-husband and the father of her two boys, Curtis McConnell, has spoken out against his former wife’s deportation. He has also said that his family was kept in the dark about her release.
Provincial and federal officials in Canada have been accusing one another of not doing enough to keep McConnell in Canada ahead of an appeal in her case.