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I took my baby's life

Henry Singer (Director), Kanopy Streaming Service, EnhanceTV (Film distributor), ABC2
Every ten days in England and Wales a child dies at the hands of their parents. Such acts are so unspeakable that we prefer to ignore them and rarely explore their causes, or consequences. But how could a mother kill the person she loves most in the world? This film tells the story of Melanie Ruddell, who killed her two-year-old son Christy in August 2010, after suffering from a psychotic breakdown. All who knew her before her psychosis agree that she was an utterly devoted and caring mother. This film gathers detailed accounts from Melanie's family and closest friends who talk in detail about the events and circumstances building up to Christy's death, what they believe led to Melanie committing such a seemingly unthinkable act and the lessons that can be learnt from the tragedy. I Took My Baby's Life screens during Mental As ... the ABC's week long initiative in support of Mental Health Week which aims to encourage Australians to start talking about mental illness and to give to mental health research
Online Video, English, 2015