Police allegedly found medical supplies in the bag of the mother, who is an ex-nurse. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
Police allegedly found medical supplies in the bag of the mother, who is an ex-nurse. Picture: Peter Lorimer.

Mum ‘injected daughter with urine, laxatives’: Court

A mother accused of injecting her sick daughter with urine and poisoning her with laxatives sobbed yesterday as her police interview was played in court.

The former nurse and midwife pleaded not guilty in the Newcastle District Court to three counts of using poison to endanger the life of her daughter between December 2013 and March 2015.

The 47-year-old denies giving her immune-deficient daughter a large amount of laxative agents in early 2014 and injecting urine into the then-nine-year-old's central venous catheter in March 2015.

The Crown alleges the girl became acutely unwell at The Children's Hospital at Westmead in March 2015, with blood cultures showing a "sudden, unexplained increase" in chemical waste products urea and creatinine.

Seated in the dock, the mother wept and looked at her husband as the court was shown her voluntary police interview recorded shortly after that incident.

 

The mother who allegedly poisoned her daughte, leaves Newcastle Court. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
The mother who allegedly poisoned her daughte, leaves Newcastle Court. Picture: Peter Lorimer.


In the interview, she describes her daughter's constant hospital admissions between 2007 and 2015.

"She would get better with all the supportive methods and we would go home (and then she'd have) severe diarrhoea with oral medications," the mother told police.

"I didn't know what to do other than keep presenting to the hospital."

The mother - who has multiple children - said that apart from one evening she had rarely been outside her daughter's room during the two-week-long hospital admission that March.

"I just had food brought in and I just stayed with her," she told police.

Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey SC said police searched the mother's bag and found laxatives, a liquid-filled syringe, five used syringes, two urine sample containers, a stool sample container and other medical equipment. He alleged tests of the syringes, containers and the girl's blood cultures showed similarities.

"The Crown case is the definitive link in those articles supports the contention that there was a deliberate introduction or administration of these microbes into the (central line)," the prosecutor said.

 

Police allegedly found medical supplies in the bag of the mother, who is an ex-nurse. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
Police allegedly found medical supplies in the bag of the mother, who is an ex-nurse. Picture: Peter Lorimer.

 

The mother denied giving her daughter laxatives or injecting urine, saying she had gathered the medical supplies when her child was transferred to Westmead from another hospital.

She allegedly told police she "missed being a nurse" and liked "being involved" in her daughter's care.

Paediatric gastroenterologist Scott Nightingale told the court he treated the girl in early 2014 when she was admitted for constant diarrhoea and vomiting. After a series of tests, he concluded the diarrhoea was "factitious" and likely caused by a secretly administered laxative agent.

"I was quite confident this was what was happening, I couldn't think of an alternative," he told the court.

The alleged victim is expected to give evidence later in the trial.



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