Kathleen Folbigg

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Kathleen Megan Folbigg (née Donovan; born 14 June 1967) is an Australian woman who was convicted of murdering her three infant children, Patrick Allen (at age eight months), Sarah Kathleen (at age ten months) and Laura Elizabeth (at age nineteen months). She was also convicted of the manslaughter of her fourth child, Caleb Gibson (at age nineteen days). The deaths took place between 1989 and 1999. Her husband contacted the police after discovering her personal diary, in which she had written entries that implied she may have harmed the children. Folbigg was imprisoned, sentenced to forty years with a parole period of 25 years.[1]

Folbigg maintains her innocence, claiming the four children died from natural causes.[2]

Scientific and medical research suggesting the daughters may have died of natural causes was rejected by a judicial inquiry in 2019. Subsequent research published in 2020 led ninety Australian scientists and medical professionals, in March 2021, to petition the NSW Governor to pardon Folbigg, alleging all the deaths could possibly be explained with genetics. On the 5th of June 2023, Folbigg was unconditionally pardoned by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley and was released from prison.[3]

As of December 203 Folbigg is seeking compensation.[4]