A mother whose son’s body was discovered in a landfill has said she’d rather die than be buried in a grave, and said she feared she’d have a “better life” if she was in the public eye.
In a candid essay, which was published online on Thursday, Emily Whitehead, 31, said she wished she was dead to stop her son James, who was found in an abandoned landfill in May 2016.
“I’d much rather be alive than dead in this world,” Whitehead said.
“But that’s not to say I don’t wish I were alive.”
Whitehead’s son was the third of four children.
Her family moved to Queensland in 2015 and she was studying to become a nursing assistant at the time of his death.
“We were lucky to be able to stay in Brisbane,” she said.
“But after a few months, we moved to Townsville.”
He’d just finished his nursing degree, so we didn’t have to leave the city.
“White head has written an open letter to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, which she posted on Facebook.
She writes: “I’m going to make it clear that I think we should move to Queensland.”
She said her son was found with a knife, a machete and a broken bottle.
Whitehead said she hoped Palaszyczuk would speak out about her son’s death.
She wrote: “We can’t just say ‘well, it was just a bit of a misunderstanding’.”
She told the ABC that she hoped the issue would come up in the upcoming Queensland election.”
I think that’s what really matters.”
She told the ABC that she hoped the issue would come up in the upcoming Queensland election.
Palaszuk said she was appalled by the case, and her office was investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“This was an extremely sad case,” she told the Nine Network.
Palaszek said she had spoken to the Whitehead family about the matter.””
My thoughts are with the family, and I want to give them the utmost support.”
Palaszek said she had spoken to the Whitehead family about the matter.
“The circumstances surrounding his death are absolutely terrible, I want everyone to understand the full circumstances surrounding that tragic incident,” she added.
White head is now working on her book, The Girl Who Never Died, about her daughter’s death, which is due to be released in September.
The story has been shared more than 1.6 million times on Facebook and her family has been inundated with messages from people who were in contact with her son.
White heads mother, Emily, said her family had been through many changes in recent years.
“There are many things I’ve been through,” she wrote.
“My husband, he lost his job.
He lost his wife.
We’re in a tough financial situation.””
I’m getting married, we’re getting divorced, my kids are starting school and I’m in a bit more of a struggle with a lot of other things going on.”
Topics:death,deaths-and-accidents,public-sector,death,community-and‑society,communitycare-and–labor,queenslandFirst posted November 18, 2018 08:30:56Contact Emily WhiteHead