Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Peng Trial Sets Bad Precedent

This is not a real person.  It's a fake model used for a movie production.  But it might be what Scarlett Peng would have looked like after her mother, Xuan, "snapped" and drowned her four year-old daughter with autism.  She served a 2 1/2 year sentence for drowning her daughter (after receiving a two for one credit for a five year manslaughter sentence).  She intends to return to China and wants to have more children.  She is quoted as saying, “I won’t kill another baby, I won’t. I will be a good mother.”

Xuan has bi-polar disorder.  The judge said she acted "badly but without evil intent."  So this is justice?  Two and a half years for murder?  Is it understandable to murder children with special needs because yeah, it's really hard to cope sometimes?  I'm outraged by this story.  Obviously this woman needs help, but she is going back to China, where she will be free to kill any more daughters she chooses.

This story illustrates two things:
1.  The Canadian justice system is too soft.
2.  More help is needed for parents of children with special needs to cope to prevent these types of tragedies.

For those of you who are feeling some compassion for Xuan, don't think I don't.  But there are millions of parents who do not kill their special needs children - the ones who cope, who give up everything for their children.  There is a higher standard - a better example to show.  Xuan should be in jail, and if I killed Alanna, I should be there too, bipolar or not.


  1. I totally agree. This news story left a bad taste in my mouth. I find it extremely offensive that she blames the autism for her actions. The real fault lies with her unrealistic expectations and her sense of entitlement to a "normal" child. I'm disgusted that she only served 2.5 years and that she wants another child. Sadly, the lenient sentence is reflective our how our society values children with disabilities.

  2. Add the word disabled before the victim's name and in Canada there is near no real jail time - it is quite pathetic but our legal system does not see disabled as human, our legal system is based on property value and since disabled are ordinarily not rich they mean nothing. Hence 2.5 years.

  3. I don't think you really understand bipolar disorder.