Mom can take baby to prison
February 7, 2008
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia, Feb. 7 (UPI) --
Canadian officials in British Columbia have decided Lisa
Anne Whitford may bring her infant daughter with her
when she goes to prison for manslaughter.
In what officials say is the first case of its kind
in the province -- and possibly a first in Canada --
officials told Whitford, 37, she could bring her baby to
prison with her, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported
Thursday. Whitford was sentenced Wednesday to four years
in prison sentence for shooting and killing her
common-law husband, Anthony Ryan Cartledge, 49, in 2006.
Whitford gave birth to her daughter in March 2007
while in custody.
Dave Lefebvre, a spokesman for the Correctional
Service of Canada, said a program is in place for this
kind of situation in Canada, but as far as he knows this
is the first time a woman will take her child with her
to serve a federal prison sentence.
Whitford appeared for her sentencing by video from
the Alouette River Correctional Center for Women. She
will serve much of her sentence in the Fraser Valley
Institution mother-child program, the newspaper said.
The judge in the case also ruled that Whitford may
never again own firearms or ammunition.