McConnell family issues statement one day prior to Allyson McConnell’s deportation
EDMONTON- One day before Allyson McConnell is scheduled to be deported, the McConnell family has released a statement on the decision to send her back to her native Australia.
McConnell, who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of her two young boys, finished serving her 10-month sentence on April 4th and is scheduled to be deported Monday.
The McConnell family sent an emotional and graphic statement Sunday afternoon, which reads in part:
“Through the media we’ve recently learned that Allyson has been scheduled to be deported since October. The media also let us know about her release date of April 4th. This news shocked and angered our family. Why did this information not come to us from the Crown? Why did the Alberta Government not act sooner to ensure Allyson would be here for the appeals? Now that the plans for Allyson have come to light there is a mad rush to actually do something; to do the right thing and seek the justice (the judge) would not give to our beautiful boys. We fear that if Allyson Meager McConnell is deported to Australia, we will never see her face justice for the horror and terror she inflicted on two innocent babies before killing them. How can we be assured that this case will not get swept under the rug when we have not been kept in the loop up to this point? If the Alberta Government was having problems why did they not appeal to the Federal Government for assistance sooner? Why wait until just days before it is too late?”
“Allyson has never seen the inside of a jail cell, but has been in hospital since she killed her children. The judge said you can’t equate a sentence to the value of a life. We hope you never lose loved ones to a violent act of absolute terror. Nothing will bring the boys back, but we would like to see justice and common sense prevail.”
“We are ashamed at our legal system in Canada and that Connor and Jayden’s names will now be used at future trials where parents have killed their children as a reason why those future criminals should only serve 10 months for their crimes.”
“Connor and Jayden, we will love you forever. We are so sorry that the woman who took you from us is walking free today.”
Allyson McConnell is currently in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) until she leaves for Australia Monday. Until then, she is being held at Alberta Hospital.
Her deportation order has been controversial, as the Alberta Government has been fighting to keep her in the country while it appeals her conviction and sentence. However, on Friday, federal Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews issued a statement saying because McConnell is under a removal order and is free of any restriction to her crimes, CBSA is required by law to proceed with the scheduled deportation.