UPDATE: A mother who fed her daughter chemotherapy drugs in an attempt to harness sympathy from family and community members, was sentenced today in a QLD court.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect her daughter’s identity, was sentenced to six years in jail and will be eligible for parole in April next year.
It’s unlikely that she’ll ever be given custody of her son and daughter again.
Mamamia previously reported:
When a 22-year-old mother was nursing her four-year-old daughter through a life-threatening illness, she used social media as a way to keep herself sane and her family and friends informed.
“Nervous tonight. Don’t know if I will be able to sleep,” she wrote one day.
“Hopefully we can find a reason why she got this horrible disease. Hopefully, when she is older, she can look back on everything she had done and realise how strong she is,” she wrote on another occasion.
Over the course of her daughter’s illness, the Gold Coast mum’s Facebook page amassed more than 7000 followers. Through regular posts, every step of the journey was chronicled on the page – every hospital visit, every heartache, every restless night. Some reports even suggest the mother used the page to raise funds for her daughter’s undoubtedly expensive treatment.
When the mother was told that her daughter needed a bone marrow transplant to keep her alive, she updated the page by writing: “The doctor came in today and told me they are going to start looking for a bone marrow donor and we need to do this ASAP if [name withheld] doesn’t start to get better”.
“If nothing changes [name withheld] will be dead in six months without a transplant,” she said.