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The tragic life of little Eerika(graphic) UPDATE: killers sentenced to life in prison

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03-06-2013, 03:17 PM
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The tragic life of little Eerika(graphic) UPDATE: killers sentenced to life in prison

http://yle.fi/uutiset/8-year_old_gir...begins/6523562

The gruesome details of this horrific case were revealed yesterday. Merely typing them is almost too hard.

Her birth parents could not even decide whether to call her Vilja or Eerika when she was born in April 2004. Her father had an alcohol problem which he claimed he cleared after an 8 month treatment. 4 months after her birth, the parents broke up and she ended up with her mother who was also having issues with alcohol. She was only 6 months old when child services intervened for the first time. The father saw her daughter at least once a week.

In early 2009 the father met a woman(13 years older than him) in a karaoke bar calling herself Nadia who claimed her father was from Morocco and her mother from France. She said she normally lived in Nice, France, in a wealthy neighborhood. Claimed she worked as a neurosurgeon and was partner in a private practice and supposedly had enough wealth to live off of her savings. In May of same year they moved into the father's 33 square meter apartment with one room and a kitchen alcove. None of what she said was true. She was actually a a former nursing student with no apartment nor a job. The father is fooled by all of what she said, including a later claim that she was expecting quadruplets.

In 2010 Eerika was transferred into her father's care due to a pressing custody claim. The stepmother disagreed with the birth mother's parenting methods. She said "the girl had no boundaries, she could eat what she wanted, sleep when she wanted. No structure."

A year later she was a first grader that took part in athletics, played floorball and the church choir. That very fall several notices were sent to child service by her neighbors and school staff. She was seen with bruises, her school books were missing and she arrived late to school in the mornings (her school principal told they later found out she had to walk 4 kilometers to school due to bad behavior).

For a 4 month period from November 2011 to March 2012 she was happy while in a treatment center. No bruises, just average school girl life. After that she had to go back to her father's and stepmother parenting methods. Her only escape was in fantasy land, pretending to be a princess.

In a video footage the couple filmed(to show relatives how poorly she behaved), an 8 year old girl is crying. "I can't eat anymore, I'm too full." she cries. She's forced to eat, while having her her pulled. After this she has to run in a circle in the yard for two hours almost daily because she's been classified as "obese" and "needs to lose weight."

She's not allowed to go the bathroom in peace. The stepmother beats her thighs to bruises with a strap. She has to go outside instead of a toilet.

In pictures a teary eyed girl is standing in torn off clothes. The father and stepmother claim she cut off her clothes and rubberboots with scissors. She supposedly even destroys guitar strings, cuts credit cards, wets the fathers work papers, hides keys in places a child could not even reach. On top of a bookshelf.

All of this is accompanied by verbal abuse, "w...." and "cow" but by also tying her up in her bed at nights with a blanket. The stepmother claims this soothes the girl. Forcefeeding isn't a problem either because "she has to eat".

in May 2012 the father arrives from work. He sees her hands tied up. To stop her from struggling they wrap her up in blanket. The stepmother enforces the calls for silence with extreme violence. The father participates in it. They move the girl into the bed, tape her up and cover her up with a tightly tied tarp.

At 4 am the girls is screaming for help according to the father. He gets up and puts his hand over the girls mouth twice. He steps outside for cigarette and wonders why the tarp isn't moving.

The father claimed he was "only trying to protect the girl". "She was my everything. I never intended to cause this." The stepmother claims "a child has to learn to abide by rules some way".

Eerika dies after a 4-6 hours battle. With a pink princess tiara on her head. The autopsy revealed 89 instances of violence.

11 notices were made of her to child services. Far too few were answered.

RIP, Eerika.


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You read that in < 1 minute, Ix?

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That's horrible.

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That's straight ****ed. Some people should not be allowed to have children

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You read that in < 1 minute, Ix?
No, he just does it for the post count to have something positive.

Usually 2 notices to child services is enough.

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You read that in < 1 minute, Ix?
he's magic ray, where have you been?

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Man that's terrible. Poor girl.

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What a disgusting story to read... just disgusting. Not that it matters, but where did they live? Just curious.

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What a disgusting story to read... just disgusting. Not that it matters, but where did they live? Just curious.
I think it was the suburb of Puotila in Helsinki.

For what it's worth, the actions of the child service is under investigation as well, though it is widely recognized that they are severely understaffed.

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I remember reading about this in last May, when the extent of the violence was still unknown to the press. Didn't believe that "went out for a smoke" story for a single second. Poor girl, RIP.

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That's awful. Some people are so ****ed up, I don't get it

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Those stupid mother****ers. Makes me sick.

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So many failures in this little girls life. Failure of her parents, failure of the system as a whole. A lot of blame to go around and one can only hope that those that are to blame are punished.

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As a guy who was going to go into Social Work, it's **** like this that made me rethink.

**** the system.

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That is really incredibly sad. Poor little girl. And it honestly happens too often. Maybe not to the degree of this, but it still happens, and is awful. From someone who worked in critical care, I've seen cases like this -- and it makes me sick.

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No, he just does it for the post count to have something positive.

Usually 2 notices to child services is enough.
You would think. In the US abuse isn't taken seriously at all. It's disgusting.

Oh and this isn't a suitable topic for the Lounge. Moving to the Political Forum.

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As a guy who was going to go into Social Work, it's **** like this that made me rethink.

**** the system.
The system is lagging behind reality and should be dismantled and reassembled. How in a nation which cares about its people like Finland this can happen is shameful.

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The system is lagging behind reality and should be dismantled and reassembled. How in a nation which cares about its people like Finland this can happen is shameful.
When it comes to the Finnish social sector, it's understaffed, underpaid, overworked and also far too often underqualified. The government is sometimes cutting costs from the wrong administrations. To counter a case like this, there's also cases of where they jump the gun far too quickly, e.g. about 8 years ago and coworker of mine was cursing me the local social services for taking away his young girl from him and his girlfriend due to his epilepsy. IIRC she was put in his sisters care.

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Something similar happened here:

A mentally ill woman had a little boy she couldn't take care of on her own. She and her son moved into a house with another family. The matriarch of the other family basically took over and abused the little boy. Starved him, punished him, mentally abused him. By the time the boy was 7, he weighed only 23 pounds.

The boy is still alive, thankfully.

Of course, there are more sordid details (long history of abuse, the abuser's family threatening the jury, etc.). You can get an inkling of it here: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll...26/0/FRONTPAGE

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Helsinki district court sentenced today the father Touko Tarkki and the stepmother Sirpa Laamanen (who by the way was pregnant, she gave birth to a baby at prison) to life in prison. The court found the act particularly heinous even in Finnish crime history, agreeing with the prosecutor. The police are still investigating the actions of the child service and social service that returned the girl to the culprits before she was killed.

Pictures of the culprits here (the audio you hear on the site is the interrogation recording) : http://www.iltasanomat.fi/kotimaa/ar...549571429.html


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Helsinki district court sentenced today the father Touko Tarkki and the stepmother Sirpa Laamanen (who by the way was pregnant, she gave birth to a baby at prison) to life in prison. The court found the act particularly heinous even in Finnish crime history, agreeing with the prosecutor. The police are still investigating the actions of the child service and social service that returned the girl to the culprits before she was killed.

Pictures of the culprits here (the audio you hear on the site is the interrogation recording) : http://www.iltasanomat.fi/kotimaa/ar...549571429.html
Would be nice if "life in prison" actually meant it over here. Sadly, it doesn't.

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