12 Apr 2016

Mum fears baby killer will break parole conditions

7:28 am on 12 April 2016

Convicted baby killer Elizabeth Healy has been released on parole for a second time, with a new condition that she wear an electronic bracelet.

Healy was jailed for life in 1997 for the murder of 17-month-old Shae Hammond. Healy was Shae's nanny at the time.

Healy will shortly be released with strict conditions including she never be alone with children, take alcohol or illicit drugs for the rest of her life and must not enter Christchurch.

It's the second time Healy has been paroled. Following her release in 2013 she was recalled in November last year for conduct the Parole Board described as "abysmal".

Shae Hammond's mother, Andrea Keats, said this time Healy must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, which will help keep her away from children, but doubted she could stay away from children for the rest of her life.

"She didn't adhere to that as a bail condition, she didn't adhere to it when she was out last time.

"It may not happen to Joe Bloggs down the road but when her boys have kids, I've got this real gut feeling something is going to happen to one of their kids." Healy has two adult sons.

"To me it's the same old scenario of an alcoholic or a gambler. You can't fix your problem, until you admit you've got a problem.

"She has never admitted guilt. She has never admitted she harmed my daughter. I went and had a one on one meeting with her. I asked her why she felt she had the right to take my daughter away from me.

"Her words to me were, 'Andy, I didn't do it'.

"I seriously think she does love kids, but without knowing what she did to Shae, or why she did it.

"My fear is she could be babysitting for 10 minutes and flip out. I don't know what happened for my daughter to die. None of us know."

"At the time she blamed it on the fact she had an abortion, that she was drinking alcohol."

Ms Keats said she understood Healy would be released next week to live somewhere in the North Island.

In its decision, the Parole Board said Healy was in a much stronger position than she was a year ago.

"She has worked hard on her release plan. She understands her risks and has a very strong but realistic support network.

"Providing she adheres to her safety plan and the conditions which we will impose, we are satisfied that her risk of offending can be mitigated in the community, to the point where it is no longer undue."