I feel most women or mothers here say that these women got what they deserved because they themselves would, if put in this situation, do whatever they can to get out and leave to protect the child (no matter what). They say that but when really put in this situation, there are plenty of women who would be very scared and alone. You can not sentence 45 years saying “Oh, if this was me, I WOULD have done this so you are wrong.” Well, unfortunately, it did not happen this way and she was clearly afraid of her boyfriend. And her attempt to save her child, though last minute, still shows she tried to save him. This sentence just adds to why many women blame THEMSELVES for being beaten by their partners.