Mother of 15-month-old son jail term doubled for abuse

An Auckland mother who filmed herself sexually abusing her 15-month-old son for $300 has had her jail term nearly doubled on appeal.

Krystal Harvey, 23, must now serve a prison sentence of three years and nine months, a decision by High Court Justice Edwin Wylie says.

In 2014, Harvey filmed herself on her cellphone sexually abusing her 15-month-old son and sold the footage for $300.
She had earlier taken naked photos of them, which her sister passed on to an acquaintance, and then also agreed to allow the acquaintance access to her two children.

She admitted unlawful sexual connection and making an objectionable publication and in Manukau District Court was initially sentenced to eight months’ home detention, judicial monitoring and community service.
However, because she had received threats and no home could be found for her the sentence was cancelled and replaced with a two-year jail term.

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