Killer Mom Requests Restraining Order On Dad
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 11, 2004
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--The husband of Daniela Dawes, who was convicted last week of killing their son, told reporters that he intends to defend himself against her attempt to keep him away from their teenage daughter.
Mrs. Dawes took out an interim Apprehended Violence Order against Craig Dawes this week, the Daily Telegraph reported. An AVO is similar to a restraining order in that it is designed to protect one person from violence, harassment or intimidation by another person, according to a government website. The details of Dawes' AVO were not disclosed, but most usually state that a person cannot contact or be within a certain distance of the other.
Mrs. Dawes asked the Quakers Hill police to issue a temporary AVO Thursday morning, claiming that she feared for the safety of their daughter because her husband is violent.
In the state of New South Wales, police have no choice but to issue interim AVOs upon request. A more permanent order can be challenged later in court.
The couple have been at odds over the custody of their daughter since Mrs. Dawes was released last week on a five-year behavior bond, similar to probation. She was convicted of manslaughter in the death of their son, Jason, who had autism. The judge had changed a murder charge to manslaughter and released her with no supervision, saying she "had suffered enough", and that no sentence he could give would compare to the punishment she would continue to inflict upon herself.
Mrs. Dawes had admitted suffocating the 10-year-old boy to death on August 4, 2003. She said she was experiencing depression and marital stress at the time. Jason's disability, however, was not the reason for her depression, she explained.
Responding to the AVO, Mr. Dawes denied his wife's claim that he is violent. His friends said Thursday that they believed the AVO may have been requested in retaliation because he opposed Mrs. Dawes taking their daughter on a vacation without his permission. He said he worried the holiday trip would affect the girl's schooling.