Crown seeks jail for Viola Simonds' daughter

Crown seeks jail for Viola Simonds' daughter
By Tracy McLaughlin , Special to QMI Agency
First posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 04:05 PM EST | Updated: Friday, December 19, 2014 08:12 PM EST
BARRIE - The daughter who kept her elderly mother in filth, squalor and starvation in a dark room was “heartless” and “mean-spirited,” a Crown attorney said during a sentencing hearing Friday.
Prosecutor Kristine Staats said Diana and James Davy should go to jail after a jury found them guilty of failing to provide the necessities of life to Diana’s mother, Viola Simonds.
Police and paramedics said the 78-year-old woman was a “living skeleton” when they found her with a broken hip and starving to death in a filthy bedroom with the window spray-painted black in Orillia on May 26, 2011.
“She was frail, malnourished, dehydrated, confused, left in filth and squalor, laying in her own vomit and feces, in a dark room that reeked,” Staats said in an impassioned plea to the judge for a stiff sentence. “She was injured, she was in pain. And she was calling out for her momma … she was stripped of all dignity by the people trusted to care for her … they failed her.”
Court heard the damage to her organs left her too weak to have a broken hip repaired. She died months later in a long-term care home.
Staats noted Dianne Davy showed “no remorse” and was described as “mean-spirited with a vindictive character,” in a pre-sentence report.
“She is unfazed by the death of her mother and feels inconvenienced by the court process,” said Staats.
Family members wept on the witness stand as they told of their heartbreak when the beloved mother, aunt and grandmother disappeared from their lives after the Davy’s whisked her away.
“We couldn’t find her … Diana blocked us from her life,” said niece Sue McConnell as she wiped away tears. “Even now, we wonder if she called out for us and we had no way of helping her ... we would have fed her when she was hungry, comforted her when she was hurting.”
The woman’s son, Don Simonds, said when his mom was finally rescued he did not recognize her.
“I had to look deep into her eyes, and then I knew it was her,” said Simonds.
“She was a shadow of her former self,” said the woman’s grandson, Michael Simonds.
Standing in the prisoner’s box, Diana Davy appeared angry as she told the judge, “I did the best I could.”
She also told the judge she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Justice Guy DiTomaso will sentence Jan. 16.
Viola Simonds is pictured in hospital. (Court photo)

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I hope that cold-hearted bitch never sees the light of day. Absolutely inexcusable.