Canadian Press | 13/04/28 10:06 AM ET
FacebookCurtis and Allyson McConnell with their children, Jayden and Connor, in Australia.
GOSFORD, Australia — An Australian woman convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of her two children in Alberta is reported to have denied she was a bad mother and is not ruling out having more kids.
Allyson McConnell is quoted by the Australian newspaper the Sunday Telegraph in a story posted on its website Saturday that she “wouldn’t say no” to more children.
McConnell was given a six-year prison sentence after her sons Connor, 2, and 10-month-old Jayden were drowned in a bathtub in 2010 in the family home in Millet, south of Edmonton.
She served 15 months in a psychiatric hospital after taking into account time served before her trial and was deported to Australia shortly after she was released April 4.
McConnell told the newspaper she is trying to get over what has happened to her.
She said she is also a victim.
“There have been a lot of things written about me being a bad mother,” McConnell, 34, told the Sunday Telegraph.
“I wasn’t a bad mother, I was actually a very loving mother. But you never hear about that.”
The Crown has said it intends to appeal both McConnell’s conviction and sentence.
Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said earlier this month that the province intended to contact Australian officials to notify them that McConnell is a person of interest.
He says if the Crown is successful in persuading the courts to increase McConnell’s sentence, the province would try to extradite her from Australia to serve more time.