*Please note that the details of the case are disturbing and may be difficult to read.
An Ontario man who sexually abused and killed his baby daughter 34 years ago has just been freed from prison. Wayne Sibbald McBride, 59, was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years in 1987 for the second-degree murder of his six-week-old daughter, Alecia McBride, in Thorold, Ontario. McBride was released to a Winnipeg halfway house. Despite the fact that Brenda Bondy, Alecia's mother and McBride's ex-wife, pleaded with the Parole Board of Canada to keep McBride out of the province, since her mother and other family members reside in Manitoba.
McBride is currently eligible to apply for overnight passes, and come summer, it is likely that he will be eligible for full parole.
Bondy commented to the CBC, "I was shocked...I still don't understand why they would totally go against the victim impact statements. Clearly it's traumatizing, retraumatizing, and to have him released from Saskatchewan and then send him off to Winnipeg of all places. I'm baffled."
“The (Correctional Service of Canada) reps told me to tell my mom if she runs into him to turn around and find a safe place. How about not releasing him (to the city) where I specifically had concerns over?” Bondy commented in an email to the National Post.
Bondy was just 18 years old when she and McBride got married in 1985. Several months later, their daughter Alecia was born.
"Literally I went to work one day and called home to check on things at home, you know being a new mom and being away from home and that so you call in on your lunch break and I got this horrible feeling and horrible news," said Bondy.
"If I remember correctly I think he said 'I think the baby's dead,' and that was literally all I needed to hear and I was out the door from work and in a taxi." Bondy "found her dead in his arms," unresponsive to CPR from both Bondy and an ambulance paramedic who arrived on scene.
“I’ll never forget that (paramedic’s) face, he desperately wanted to revive her and was consumed by finding me wailing in my driveway with my baby in this state,” she said.
According to court documents released at the time of McBride's conviction, the crime was described as "horrendous" and a "callous and brutal killing." Baby Alecia passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage as the result of McBride throwing her into a cardboard box.
McBride sexually assaulted the six-week-old baby twice, one of them only a few hours before she died. An autopsy revealed Alecia had suffered "superficial tears, bruising, and multiple contusions and abrasions to various parts of her body." Alecia would have been 34 this year.
McBride pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was imprisoned with 12 years of parole ineligibility. On appeal from the Crown, this was increased to 15 years. Psychiatric assessments indicated that McBride possessed a tendency to demonstrate explosive, uncontrollable rage and sexual deviancy.
“The facts admitted on the plea of guilty show a course of unnatural and unspeakable conduct by the respondent toward the child prior to the violence perpetrated upon her which resulted in her death,” reads a 1987 sentencing decision.
This isn't the first time McBride has been freed from jail. He was in a similar situation in 2011 when he was granted day parole, only to have it rescinded when authorities discovered he was using drugs, hiring prostitutes, and "being involved in an unhealthy relationship."
Since then, McBride has successfully completed sex offender management programs and has been treated with a medication to suppress testosterone. He was, however, caught by police for having a contraband swimsuit calendar that he obtained while on a work release.
"It is the Board’s opinion that you will not present an undue risk to society if released on day parole and that your release will contribute to the protection of society by facilitating your reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen," states a January decision approving his day parole.
"In my opinion...the heinous nature of the crimes he committed is a sickness in his brain,” she said. “Life should mean life behind bars.”