Mother tried to poison daughter

A TOOWOOMBA mother faced court yesterday charged with attempting to poison her young daughter.

The charges arose as the woman punished her daughter by pouring a cleaning chemical over the girl's face and in her mouth.

The 35-year-old African national is charged with grievous bodily harm, administering poison with intent to harm, and acts intended to main/disfigure/disable.

Toowoomba Police Child Protection Investigation Unit officer-in-charge Brent Parker said paramedics called police after treating a nine-year-old girl with serious injuries at an address in South Toowoomba at 11am on Saturday, January 22.

It will be alleged the mother held the girl as she tried to force cleaning chemical into the child's mouth.

Senior Sergeant Parker said the girl suffered burns to her face and chest area.

It is believed she ran to a neighbour's home for help.

Paramedics rushed the girl to the Toowoomba Hospital and she was then airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

The extent of time the girl spent in hospital is not known.

Snr Sgt Parker said police arrested and charged the mother on February 10.

She was released on police-issued bail with the condition that she have no contact with her daughter.

The woman appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

She cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter.

The case, which can only be dealt with in the District Court, was adjourned until April 5.

An interpreter will be required for the woman's court appearances.


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