Former Eastbourne woman's shock at discovering father of her unborn child is convicted child killer (From The Argus)
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Former Eastbourne woman's shock at discovering father of her unborn child is convicted child killer
A mother-to-be has spoken of her horror after finding out the father of her unborn baby was a child killer.
Eleven-week pregnant Linda Morton, 25, previously from Eastbourne but now living in Hampshire, said she learned boyfriend Ben Curtis, 30, was a killer the day after he was jailed for two years for the manslaughter of his daughter, two-year-old Ocean Elliott.
Ocean died of swine flu in August 2009; two years after Curtis shook her in April 2007.
Speaking to The Argus, Miss Morton said she learnt the truth about Curtis, of Mallard Close, Hampden Park, after watching a news report.
She was in hospital the day he was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court last month.
She said: “I really didn’t know. I am a mum myself and I really felt for Ocean’s mum.
“Ben is from Eastbourne and well-known here.
“The whole of Eastbourne was in shock… nobody knew.
“This is his hometown and people assume I knew but I really did not.”
She told how she met Curtis in Eastbourne in February this year and they immediately hit it off.
But now she says she hates him.
“He is not coming near me or my child,” she promised.
“I knew he was going to court – he told me he beat somebody, a man, up and had to go to court.
“But I am no saint. I see everybody has got a past and everybody deserves a second chance.”
She told how he fooled her, adding: “My mum and friends met him and loved him.
“I loved him. I am not going to lie. To find that out – that he killed a baby – I was shocked.
“My focus is now on my baby.
“It is not the baby’s fault who his father is.
“I would never abort my baby – I think it is a sin to abort a child.
“I will look after it and make sure it knows about its older sister, Ocean.”
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