A Newcastle court yesterday heard more details of a disturbing poisoning case, in which a mother is accused of injecting urine into her young daughter’s jugular vein.
The 42-year-old is facing charges of using poison to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm, and another of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, after her little girl went into life-threatening renal failure in March last year.
The woman, who cannot be named, was a prolific blogger who often wrote about her daughter’s heartbreaking struggle with a rare immune deficiency disease.
“I want you to know that I love my daughter’s medical team. That doesn’t mean I like the decisions they’ve recently made,” she wrote in one entry, according to the ABC.
“I don’t want to expose my kids to anything that will harm them.”
via 7.30, ABC
According to the ABC, police were alerted to the case when medical staff noticed a combination of yeast and fungus growing in one of tubes of the little girl's venous line, suggesting contamination by urine.
The Hunter woman's lawyer yesterday told the court that the case is “very complex, involving very detailed and extensive medical evidence”, The Daily Telegraph reports. In order to properly mount his defence, the lawyer requested access to additional evidence, including video of police performing a search of the woman’s house and opening exhibit bags.
The mother remains on bail and will front court again on 25 May.