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29 November 2023

Mom saves 'loner', he kills her baby

Accused sentenced to 32 years in prison. (YouTube)


An Australian mom painfully recalls the shock when she learnt that her baby’s killer was none other than the man whom she had once saved from killing himself.

Harley Hicks battered 10-month-old Zayden Veal to death with a copper wire baton in 2012, reported Metro.

Casey recalls befriending Hicks in school in Victoria. As he seemed a ‘loner’ she took him under her wing to ‘protect him from bullies’.

Harley Hicks (YouTube)

She remembers him telling her once that he wanted to ‘kill himself’, but she persuaded him from not doing ‘anything silly’, the report added.

Casey claims that she had not heard from him all these years after school. It was only on that ill-fated morning of June 2012 that she next saw him.

That morning, as she walked to her baby’s nursery, she sensed something was wrong. Her son’s teddy was on the floor in the middle of the room, the monitor was pulled off the wall and a blanket tightly pulled over the baby’s head.

Her older son was a witness to the crime. “I died that day…” she was quoted as saying.

Hicks has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.