Gemma Gaye Killeen, 23, was sentenced to life imprisonment after
admitting abandoning her 22-month-old son Te Reringa Kayden Wetere at
the marina in November 25, 2010, but denied she intended to kill him.
The sentence was backdated to when she was arrested shortly after her son's death, which means she will be behind bars till at least November 2023, when she will be 35.
She pleaded guilty to murder, sparing both families the trauma of a
trial, but claimed she never meant to hurt her son.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court was told Killeen abandoned her toddler, known as Kayden, in a bid to grab the attention of her on-and-off again partner Eddie Wetere.
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