Woman kept child from authorities after bullying claims

A MOTHER'S instinct kicked in when a Rockhampton woman heard her 14-year-old daughter was being bullied.

But yesterday Rockhampton Magistrate Cameron Press gave her a stern warning about her actions in addressing those bullying issues.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of removing a child from custody or guardianship.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton said the defendant, 32, was placed on a long-term guardianship order, which was due to expire on October 21, 2019.

Sgt Dalton said the defendant's child, who was about 11 at the time, was placed into protective custody in 2012, for reasons not heard by the court.

In January this year, authorities organised for the defendant to have unsupervised custody of her child.

The court heard the woman picked up her daughter but did not return her. About three days later the police visited an address where the defendant was staying.

She told police officers she didn't know where her daughter was. When they searched the house, police found the daughter hiding under a bed.

The defendant told Mr Press she kept her child after the latter said she was being bullied.

She was fined $500.



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