Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Temporary Prison Absences for Woman Convicted in Stepson's Death:parole Board

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Temporary Prison Absences for Woman Convicted in Stepson's Death:parole Board

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No escorted absences for Marcia Dooley

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TORONTO - A woman who was found guilty in what has been described as one of the worst cases of child abuse in Canada has been denied escorted temporary absences from prison, where she is currently serving a life sentence.

The Parole Board of Canada denied Marcia Dooley's requests in a recent decision, saying it found the 45-year-old still reluctant to accept full responsibility for her crime.

Dooley, along with her husband, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 in the death of her stepson, seven-year-old Randal Dooley.

Randal was born in Jamaica and came to Canada with his brother to live with his father and stepmother in November 1997, 11 months before his death.

He had wasted to just 41 pounds and had 13 fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, four brain injuries, and head-to-toe bruises when he died in 1998.

It was found that Dooley had struck the fatal blow to Randal and had inflicted the vast majority of the prior abuse.

Dooley, whose parole eligibility was set at 18 years, had requested escorted temporary absences for family visits -- six over a 12 month period to her parents' home where she said her mother had health issues -- and had asked to be able to participate in an anger management program and a self-awareness group.

The board noted, however, that Dooley claimed she had been hit by her mother in the past and used that to justify some of her actions -- something the board called "impossible to accept."

"In the board's view, you are a person with deep-seated anger problems. Anger that led to the death of a helpless, defenceless young boy," the board decision said.

"The source for that anger may be your mother. While the board believes that having family contact in order to facilitate these discussions would be helpful, we do not believe that this would be manageable within the brief confines of an escorted temporary absence. …

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