Fairfax have an interesting piece this morning
Something snapped inside teenage mother Oshon Wilson when the State said she would never care for a baby of her own.
The next day, the heavily pregnant 16-year-old swallowed 48 painkiller pills and a bottle of bourbon.
She found herself in hospital, screaming that she wanted to live.
Oshon and her baby survived that suicide attempt, but within the year she was dead.
Her grieving mother Sheryl Featonby, 52, tells her youngest child’s story at the dining table of her modest family home in west Hamilton.
Name a job and Featonby’s probably done it.
She now earns a wage slicing, packing and cleaning in the offal room at the Greenlea meat works off Kahikatea Dr.
She has a clean police record and memories of a hard life.
The thought of Oshon’s story never being told drove her to speak publicly, and the hope that others might avoid the hole her family fell into.
Oshon was born at Waikato Hospital in 1996, the last of five children to three men.
She was a “placid” baby, but she grew into “a little deviant”, Featonby says.
She was “always” getting into trouble sticking up for others.
Featonby recalls Oshon launching into a fight because she mistakenly thought her brother was getting beaten up.
Another time, a boy tripped a disabled girl over and Oshon “laid him out,” she says, laughing.