To add to the tragic story of two children and their mother who were murdered in Adelaide allegedly by her partner, it has been revealed that the kids were often left to starve while their mum spent all her money on her daily ice habit.
Secret Families SA documents were obtained by Seven News that highlighted the disgraceful conditions the children were living in and how 29-year-old Adeline Rigney Wilson put drugs ahead of her children.
The documents reveal that authorities knew of these circumstances but chose not to act because they didn’t have the staff resources to further the case.
Seven News reports that in a document last October, authorities knew of the extreme neglect and drug abuse, but the case was closed because of staff shortages and full case-loads for social work staff.
Wilson-Rigney was allegedly murdered by her partner Steven Peet on Tuesday after a domestic dispute. He also killed her kids Kory, 5, and Amber, 6.
This week it was also revealed that child protective services had visited the mother and children at their home in Hillier, north of Adelaide, just hours before they were killed.
Peet was charged with three counts of murder. In a police interview, he said he remembered arguing with Wilson-Rigney but didn’t remember what happened next.
He did not apply for bail and will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court in August.
Families SA’s handling of the case can only be scrutinised after a coronial inquest, but according to the state coroner, that won’t happen for two to three years.
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