Godmother to adopt Isabella

2011-09-14 09:04

The three-year-old daughter of Catherine Krog, who was shot dead by her former husband in Mount Edgecombe near Durban last week, will be adopted by her godmother, according to a report today.

The girl’s grandmother, Charmaine Wheatley, told The Star that she and her husband were getting old and would not be able to provide the best care for a young child.

“I have to do what’s in the best interest of Isabella. I am 60 and my husband is 70. We are looking at retirement homes... common sense must prevail.

“Isabella’s godmother is 30, stable and newly married... She has stuck by Catherine’s side, even if she did not agree with some of the company she kept,” said Wheatley.

The godmother and her husband, who were not named, were emigrating to New Zealand, and would be an hour’s flight away from Wheatley in Australia.

“Isabella can have a fresh start, and if the adoption goes through, a new life. I feel happy, it’s the right decision.”

Wheatley told the newspaper she would likely pay for Isabella’s schooling and medical fees.

Last Thursday, Krog’s ex-husband Clint Walley entered Krog’s house through a back door and shot her dead – reportedly in front of her daughter – before shooting himself. Isabella was found at the crime scene without physical injuries. A 9mm firearm, believed to be that used in the murder and suicide, was found at the scene.

Walley had sent a handwritten note to journalists shortly before the tragedy unfolded. The note to The Citizen and The Star newspapers began with the underlined headline, “Isabella is free”.

The note continued with: “No more Owen Kemp... Fly my little angel fly – you are free” and ended with the words “Amo sempro”, Italian for “Love you always.”

Kemp was Krog’s boyfriend. Walley, Krog and Wheatley had been embroiled in a custody battle for Isabella.

Walley was arrested earlier in the year for abducting Isabella for 11 days.

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