Crimes: Murder, Child Abuse
Six-year-old Kiesha Weippeart of Sydney, Australia was last seen July 7, 2010. Her mother, Kristi Anne Abrahams, and stepfather, Robert Smith, reported her missing on August 1, 2010. That fact alone was enough to make Sydney police very suspicious. And there were so many more facts that pretty much clinched it that something horrible had happened to that sweet little girl.
The fact that when Kiesha was only 15 months old her mother viciously bit her shoulder was a big clue that Kristi Anne Abrahams wasn’t exactly mother of the year material. She’d been convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm for causing that injury.
The fact that when Kiesha was only 3 years old her mother burnt her with a cigarette was a big clue that Kristi Anne Abrahams was a monster.
The fact that when Kiesha was 6 years old she would flinch every time her mother raised her hand was a big clue that Kristi Anne Abrahams hadn’t improved her parenting skills or her temper. The fact that Kiesha was sporting bruises on her head and face clinched it.
Little Kiesha was afraid of her mother, and rightly so.
And why was Kristi Anne Abrahams so abusive toward that lovely little girl, her own daughter? Apparently because Kiesha resembled her father, Chris Weippeart.
Kiesha had been placed into foster care when she’d been bitten by her monstrous mother. That was a good move by the Department of Community Services (DOCS). Eighteen months later she was returned to the rabid bitch who was supposed to take anger management counseling. That was a bad move by DOCS.
It was tragic and oh so wrong that DOCS received reports from neighbours, from family members and others that Kiesha was being abused, and they didn’t remove her from the clutches of her abuser.
By June 2010 Kristi Anne Abrahams was reaching the end of her tether. She told a relative she was sick of her daughter and could hurt her or even kill her because she was “shitting and pissing in bed” and “f*cking up at school”.
Considering Kiesha had only been taken to school 4 times, how could she be f*cking up at school? We all know who the real f*ckup was, and it wasn’t Kiesha.
In June 2010 Kristi Anne Abrahams also called her father, Rodney Jones, to tell him she couldn’t “f*cking handle this kid anymore”. Mr. Jones began preparing to have his granddaughter live with him in his Canberra home.
Kiesha was within reach of a safe place, a loving home, but then her mother delayed her move by a couple of weeks. Why the hell did she do that? I’m thinking she didn’t want Kiesha to live happily ever after.
And then surprise! After July 7, 2010, Kiesha disappeared off the face of the earth.
Strangely, though, Kristi Anne Abrahams went on a shopping spree for presents for her daughter. She bought toys and a Tinkerbell poster for Kiesha’s room, presumably to convince people that Kiesha was still at home at that point.
On August 3, 2010, two days after they reported the girl missing, Kristi Anne Abrahams and her common-law husband Robert Smith faced media near their Mt Druitt residence. They stood in front of the cameras to beg and plead for the return of Kiesha. The little girl, they said, had been tucked into bed on Saturday, July 31, 2010, but when they woke up in the morning they found the front door open and Kiesha gone. Riiiight.
Kristi Anne Abrahams wore dark sunglasses and held a tissue to her face as she wailed, “She’s beautiful.” But for all her noisy wailing, there were no tears. Her tissue didn’t get soggy. She didn’t dab at her eyes. Her cheeks didn’t get wet. She didn’t wipe her nose.
Kristi Anne Abrahams covered her face with the sunglasses and the tissue to disguise the fact she’s a cold-hearted, murderous monster.
And if you look at her boyfriend you’ll notice he doesn’t look distressed at all. No tears, no anguish, nothing.
Robert Smith described the missing girl to the media as “always happy, bubbly”. Riiiight. I’m pretty damn sure she wasn’t so happy when she was burned or bitten or beaten.
Kiesha Weippeart’s other family members were absolutely distraught. Their beloved little girl was gone, and their hearts were left with a big, gaping hole.
That wasn’t the case for Kiesha’s mother and stepfather. Sure they participated in a search for their daughter, and they pretended for 8 months that their daughter had disappeared from their home. They issued a number of public pleas begging for information about their daughter and denying their own involvement in her disappearance.
Investigators had their suspicions of the mother and stepfather from the start. I am sure they pretty much knew deep down in their guts that little Kiesha was dead at the hands of that evil pair.
Over the next few months, the police set up wire taps, covert surveillance and listening devices in the suspects’ house.
Undercover officers were introduced to befriend the hellbeasts and to try to extract a confession.
It was a game of patience, but it paid off. In April 2011, Robert Smith admitted to the undercover officers that Kiesha was dead and he had disposed of her body.
The stepfather from hell told the officers that he’d heard a “loud bang” in the girl’s bedroom and he found Kiesha unconscious on the floor. He’d tried to wake her but couldn’t.
“She wasn’t waking up or nothing. I was like ‘how can this shit happen to me?’,” Robert Smith said.
Happen to him? To HIM? Yeah, it’s all about him. He really gave a flying rat’s ass about Kiesha.
So instead of being a decent human being and calling for an ambulance to save her life, the f*cktard said he went to bed. He went to bed knowing Kiesha was in a critical state.
The next morning Robert Smith went merrily off to work as if nothing had happened. And when he returned home, he told the officers, Kiesha was dead. Big freaking surprise!
So what did he and his lovely murdering girlfriend decide to do with the body? Call police? Hell no! They did what all good hellbeasts do — they disposed of it.
Robert Smith confessed to the undercover officers that they had stuffed the little girl’s body in a suitcase, and after a few days they put on disguises and took a taxi to nearby Shalvey. They carried the suitcase into some bushland. There they found an isolated spot ideal for their purposes, well away from prying eyes.
Kristi Anne Abrahams watched as Robert Smith doused the suitcase in petrol and set it on fire. When the fire went out they buried what was left in a shallow grave.
Kiesha, the hellbeasts likely thought, would never be found.
The Sydney police learned that Kristi Anne Abrahams and Robert Smith were feeling kinda sentimental and intended to visit the “gravesite” on Kiesha’s birthday.
This actually surprises me because it shows some semblance of human feeling. I would have thought anyone capable of killing, burning and burying a little girl would have to be fairly inhuman.
Kristi Anne Abrahams and Robert Smith, completely unaware that the police were ready for them, took flowers to the “gravesite”. They stuck around until 1 a.m. or so. When they started heading back 30 officers popped up and arrested their sorry asses.
Kudos to the Sydney police for such outstanding work!
Incredibly, after Kristi Anne Abrahams and Robert Smith were arrested, they asked if they could attend their victim’s funeral! The nerve of them!
Finally, finally little Kiesha Weippeart was found, and it was on her 7th birthday. And finally the authorities could learn what that darling little girl had suffered.
No surprise the coroner found that Kiesha’s bones exhibited injuries consistent with long term abuse. That poor little kid. There were also several blunt force trauma injuries to her jaw, suggesting she had been slammed into the ground.
A dental expert concluded that the little girl had received as many as 5 hard blows to her jaw right before she died. Kiesha’s teeth were fractured by the impact.
That darling little girl died of a major head injury.
The coroner’s findings didn’t exactly fit with Kristi Anne Abrahams’ version of events. She claimed that Kiesha was lying on her bedroom floor refusing to put on her pajamas. Kristi Anne Abrahams “nudged” the girl with her foot (yeah, right!) and Kiesha jumped up and hit her head on the bed (yeah, right!).
Kristi Anne Abrahams picked up her little girl and put her in the shower because she’d been knocked out. Kiesha’s body, she admitted, was “like jelly” but the girl was still breathing then. After the shower, the monstrous mother put Kiesha to bed, still wet.
Apparently Kristi Anne Abrahams didn’t think to call for an ambulance. She just left her unconscious girl to lie, alone, wet, in her bed to die.
What Kristi Anne Abrahams did think to do was to clean up the blood. Luminol had found Kiesha’s blood in the home despite the hellbitch’s thorough cleaning.
Robert Smith, the POS hellbeast who didn’t lift a finger to save Kiesha’s life, pled guilty in February 2012 to manslaughter and being an accessory after murder. His defense was he was physically abused by Kristi Anne Abrahams — she blackened his eyes and he’d once had to jump off the balcony to escape her wrath. Ooooh, the poor wee man. (His story would have been more impressive if they lived higher than the first floor.)
Justice Megan Lathan agreed that Kristi Anne Abrahams was “volatile, argumentative, domineering and verbally abusive”, but did not agree that poor little Robert Smith was intimidated by the bitch to the extent he couldn’t help Kiesha.
On May 3, 2013 Justice Lathan sentenced the cowardly bastard to 7 years for manslaughter and 9 years for accessory after the fact. She considered his disposal of the body as particularly heinous.
“These were not spontaneous, ill-considered acts carried out in panic,” Justice Lathan said of the burning and burying of Kiesha’s body.
Robert Smith will serve at least 12 years in prison.
In April 2013, Kristi Anne Abrahams tried to plead guilty to manslaughter, but that was totally, completely rejected by the Crown. Good!
And so on June 17, 2013, the first day of her murder trial, Kristi Anne Abrahams pled guilty to murder. Good!
At her sentencing, her barrister Janet Manuell SC found various reasons for her client’s violent tendencies — her abusive childhood, her mother dying when she was 10, and her low IQ.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC agreed that Kristi Anne Abrahams’ violent upbringing made Kiesha’s death inevitable.
“It amounts to the inevitability that (Kiesha), who suffered so much, had her life end as it did,” is exactly what Mr Maxwell said.
I’m sorry, Mr Maxwell and Ms Manuell, but I disagree that it was inevitable Kiesha would die. It wasn’t.
If DOCS had not returned her to her monstrous mother, she’d be alive today.
If DOCS had taken custody of Kiesha when they got reports of more abuse, she’d be alive today.
If Robert Smith had been any kind of decent human being with a backbone, she’d be alive today.
If Kristi Anne Abrahams, who KNEW she was ready, willing and able to carry out her threats to hurt and kill Kiesha, had only allowed her father to have the girl, Kiesha would be alive today.
But no, Kristi Anne Abrahams CHOSE to keep Kiesha at home with her. It wasn’t her low IQ that made her decide that. It wasn’t her mother’s death that made her decide that. It wasn’t her childhood abuse that made her decide that. It was her cruel, sadistic nature that prevented her daughter from finding a safe, loving home with the grandfather.
Mr Maxwell said the Crown considered the crime to be “above the mid-range” of seriousness. (I find Australian legalese like that so weird — “above the mid-range” of seriousness indeed.) Apparently there are ranges of seriousness for murder.
Mr Maxwell then pointed out to the court that the standard non-parole period for cases like this was 25 years.
Justice Ian Harrison will sentence Kristi Anne Abrahams on July 18, 2013. I shall keep readers posted. I shall also keep my fingers crossed that the murdering hellbeast never sees freedom again.
RIP Kiesha Weippeart, and RIP Chris Weippeart, 29, who died as well.