October 17, 2021

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Mother who believed ‘hand of God’ would mend her daughter jailed for endangering kid’s daily life

A Toowoomba mother who relied on the “hand of God” to heal her unwell daughter has been jailed for endangering the 6-12 months-old girl’s existence.

The 46-12 months-aged woman, who are unable to be named for legal motives, was billed in 2019 with failing to provide the necessaries of existence, right after her daughter was taken to Toowoomba Foundation Hospital’s crisis office in an unresponsive state.

The Toowoomba District Court heard the girl experienced to be resuscitated by hospital staff, was really pale and weighed just 13.4 kilograms when she was brought in by her father.

The female experienced been vomiting and struggling incontinence in the weeks leading up to her admission to clinic.

Throughout the a few-day demo, physicians who handled the little one at Toowoomba and the Queensland Children’s Healthcare facility explained she had been minutes from dying and devoid of treatment method, the 6-year-aged experienced been shut to dying.

The courtroom listened to the defendant had considered her daughter had the flu or worms, but medical professionals discovered she experienced been struggling from undiagnosed variety one diabetes.

‘God’s healing’

The mom, who represented herself, informed the court docket she had nothing to hide and had not denied everything.

She informed the court she was a daughter of God and relied on Him to recover her daughter.

The mother-of-8 instructed the courtroom she could see how ill her daughter was at the time.

“I am not denying it at all,” she claimed.

“She was ill, she had renal failure, inflammation on the brain and a blood clot.

“[But] God has promised healing.”

The defendant told the courtroom her daughter, now 8, was properly and experienced no ongoing medical problems.

“She’s a clever lady … she’s at the major of the course,” she explained.

It took the jury just around an hour to obtain the lady responsible.

‘Breach of responsibility’

In her sentencing submission, Crown prosecutor Chantelle Petrie explained the circumstance was an illustration of a major breach of parental obligation.

“A cloak of religion won’t permit you to abdicate this responsibility.”

In sentencing, Judge Jennifer Rosengren reported the female experienced not demonstrated any remorse or insight into her offending.

“You failed to seek [medical attention] for [your daughter] when it was obviously necessary,” Judge Rosengren claimed.

“You extended her suffering needlessly.

The woman’s 49-12 months-outdated spouse was provided a 6-month suspended sentence in excess of the same situation earlier this year.

She was jailed for 18 months and will be qualified for parole immediately after serving 5 months.