BRISBANE - An Australian woman, who poisoned her four-year-old daughter with cancer drugs, then detailed the girl's "fight for life" on Facebook to gain attention for herself, was yesterday jailed for six years.
The 23-year-old, who cannot be named to protect her daughter's identity, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in what Judge Tony Rafter called "an incomprehensible breach of trust".
"You must have been aware of the serious harm you were causing your daughter," he said at the sentencing, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.
The Brisbane District Court heard that the woman deliberately made her daughter ill by feeding her chemotherapy drugs bought online. The mother then set up a webpage, saying her daughter needed a bone marrow transplant. The drugs caused the child, who did not have cancer, to suffer life-threatening bone marrow failure last year.
Barrister Catherine Morgan, who defended the mother, said the woman suffered a rare mental disorder, which caused her to produce or exaggerate symptoms in her daughter.
The court heard that the girl, who was close to death last year, was now being cared for by her grandparents and had made a good recovery.