NZ Herald Jul 15, 2011
A toddler who was bashed to death by her Northland mother had a horrible life, the detective in charge of the investigation says. Norefjell Davis, 36, was sentenced yesterday in the High Court at Auckland to eight years and six months’ jail with a minimum non-parole period of four years and three months for killing her daughter, Jacqui Petersen-Davis. Jacqui, 2, died after being kicked around “like a soccer ball”, one of numerous assaults on the girl during her short life. Davis was found guilty of manslaughter and wilful ill treatment but not guilty of murder in May. Detective Sergeant Mark Robertson said he was pleased the disturbing case could be put to rest. “There’s no doubt this child had a horrible life.”
…Family First labelled yesterday’s sentence offensive and insulting. “For this atrocious behaviour over a period of time – not a one-off incident – the mother has been sentenced to just 8 years in jail, and will be able to start applying for freedom in just over four years,” said the conservative lobby group’s national director, Bob McCoskrie. Davis’ two other children are in Child, Youth & Family care.