In instances like this, the idea of needing a license to become a parent seems attractive.
A four-year-old girl from the Gold Coast remains seriously ill at the Royal Children’s Hospital after allegedly being poisoned by her mother.
Police allege her 22-year-old mother began feeding her daughter in June last year with chemotherapy drugs reportedly bought over the internet.
The woman was charged with grievous bodily harm on Wednesday and appeared in a Brisbane court on Thursday.
She did not apply for bail, and will remain behind bars in police custody until her next court appearance next month.Her arrest came after an investigation by South Eastern Region detectives and the State Crime Operation Command’s Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group.
A police spokesman said the investigation was brief, lasting about one week from the time it was brought to the attention of authorities.
According to News Limited reports, the mother had been publishing details of her daughter’s condition on social media, creating a Facebook page dedicated to daughter which was followed by 7000 people.
The page is said to include photos of the young girl, including images of the girl lying prostrate in a hospital bed, covered in bruises and without her hair.
Her baldness came about after she underwent a bone marrow biopsy and suffered an upper intestinal bleed, blood in her urine, and rapid weight loss which lead to the application of a nasogastric tube late last year, the mother reportedly wrote on Facebook.
Doctors had previously cleared the girl of leukaemia after her mother brought her to hospital in February last year, saying her daughter had begun bleeding from the gums, was bleeding in “uncommon places”, and had developed a “meningitis-like rash”.
The mother reportedly returned to hospital with her daughter in November after the bruising returned, leading to the biopsy and a diagnosis of severe aplastic anaemia.
The condition can be inherited, but it may also stem from exposure to chemicals, drugs, radiation and infection.
How can you do that to anyone, let alone your own child?
Source: WA Today