Judge Sentences Amanda Dumont and Scott Bakker to 9 Years in Disturbing Death of Child
To realize that Ryker Daponte-Michaud needed medical treatment for serious burns covering 25-per cent of his body, a judge told a London courtroom Thursday it didn’t take advanced parenting skills or sophisticated knowledge.
It simply “called for the exercise of basic humanity.”
Justice Renee Pomerance gave Amanda Dumont, the child’s mother, and her ex-boyfriend, Scott Bakker, nine years each in jail after they were found guilty last month of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the neccessaries of life, bringing the lengthy and emotional trial to an end.
“The idea that a parent or guardian would completely ignore a healthy 20-month-old child is hard to understand,” she said. But to ignore a child who had severe injuries, “verges on staggering.”
Pomerance reviewed Dumont and Bakker’s activities in the days leading up to Ryker’s death on May 21, 2014: they went shopping, they sold stolen jewellery, they hid Ryker’s burns from family members, and they lied about bringing him for medical treatment.
“This was not a momentary lapse in care. Ryker suffered for three days… very little was done to save his life.”
In fact, the couple coerced each other and “spun a web of deceit to make sure no one else would intervene to save Ryker’s life.”
Characterizations of selfishness were described over and over in the judge’s decisions for each individual. In her pre-sentence report, Dumont regaled an interviewer with her own ailments, hardships, and appointments, before mentioning the impact of Ryker’s death on her remaining children. In the days before Ryker died, Pomerance noted how Dumont had been resourceful when she needed help changing slashed car tires, or finding her lost dog.
But she didn’t get help for Ryker.