Her Father's Daughter - The Kathleen Folbigg Story
Against All Odds
When Kathleen Megan Marlbourough left school in 1982, she was 15. Like many kids her age with a limited education, she worked at several low-paying jobs before marrying at age 20. Her husband, Craig Folbigg, was a steel worker. He was 25. They settled in Mayfield, a suburb of
Within a year, Kathleen was pregnant. She gave birth to their first child a son, Caleb, in February 1989. At the time of his birth Caleb was described as full term and healthy.
Five days later Kathleen took him home. One morning while feeding him, Kathleen noticed that Caleb was having difficulty breathing and took him back to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him as having a lazy larynx.
Caleb Folbigg was dead at just 20 days old.
The official cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death.
Seven months later, Kathleen was pregnant again. She gave birth to another son, Patrick, in June 1990.
According to the police statement, He rushed into Patrick's room and saw his wife standing over Patrick who was lying in his cot. Mr. Folbigg picked up the baby and noted faint, labored breathing. He commenced resuscitation until the ambulance arrived. Patrick regained consciousness, but was (later) found to now have epilepsy and be blind.
Patrick survived, but not for long.
On the morning of
An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was an acute asphyxiating event resulting from an epileptic fit.
Following Patricks death, the Folbiggs moved to Thornton, a town northwest of
A year later, Kathleen was pregnant again. In October 1992, a daughter Sarah was born.
All seemed well until 11 months later when Sarah caught a cold and was having trouble sleeping.
By the next morning Sarah was dead.
This time, according to the police report, Craig was awoken by Kathleens screams and saw her standing in the doorway of their bedroom. Sarah was lying in bed, motionless.
Her death was officially attributed to SIDS.
After Sarahs death they relocated to Singleton in
The couple spent two years there before Kathleen became pregnant for the fourth time. Their second daughter, Laura, was born in August 1997.
Laura was apparently healthy when Kathleen brought her home three days later. Unlike her siblings, Lauras breathing and sleep patterns were monitored closely for several weeks after her birth, just to be sure.
All was well until 19 months later when Laura caught a cold.
Kathleen gave her medication but at on
As before, an autopsy was conducted but, unlike the others, the coroner considered Laura too old to have succumbed to SIDS, recorded her cause of death as undetermined, and ordered a police investigation.