Woman charged after poisoning seven-year-old girl

The Child Abuse Squad has charged a woman after she allegedly administered multiple doses of a substance, believed to be a sedative, to a seven-year-old young girl at a hospital near Newcastle.

Shortly before 2.30pm yesterday (Friday 5 July 2013), a woman allegedly administered the substance to the girl on at least four occasions within a short space of time, causing her to become unconscious.

About 4pm yesterday (Friday 5 July 2013), detectives from the Child Abuse Squad arrested a 33-year-old woman and took her to Waratah Police Station.

She was charged with using poison to endanger life and two counts of common assault.

Police will also allege the woman hit the child in the face on two separate occasions in May 2013.

The woman was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Bail Court later today (Saturday 6 July 2013).

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse and serious cases of neglect.

The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health, with specialised tri-agency teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.



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