Mum who gave well child chemo drugs to walk free in 2015

A FORMER Mackay woman who systematically poisoned her young daughter with toxic chemotherapy drugs has been sentenced to six years behind bars but will walk free on parole in April next year.

The woman, who cannot be named in order to protect her daughter's identity, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm on Wednesday in the Brisbane District Court.

The court heard the woman purchased the chemotherapy drugs online from a Canadian-based company on four separate occasions and fed them to her then four-year-old daughter over an eight-month period.

Crown Prosecutor Glenn Cash told the court the side effects of the drug included nausea, vomiting, hair loss, lethargy, bruising, mouth sores, bone marrow deficiencies and haemorrhaging.

He said the young girl would have experienced significant pain or discomfort and was made to endure invasive surgeries which were totally unnecessary.

"She administered the drugs to her daughter knowing it would make her ill only to garner sympathy for herself," he said.

"She even set up a social media page to garner sympathy for herself where she detailed her daughter's plight.

"Exposure to the drug could result in the girl being infertile, but that will not be known until she reaches puberty.

"There is also the slight chance she could develop other types of cancer within the next five to seven years as a result of this drug being administered."

Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said the woman suffered from complex mental health issues.

"She has inflicted the worse type of punishment on herself because one day her daughter will be old enough to learn what actually happened to her," she said.

"She will also have to live with the fact that it would be highly unlikely the child will ever be returned to her care."

Judge Anthony Rafter sentenced the woman to six years in jail, but ordered she be released on April 10, 2015, after serving two years of the sentence.

"You must have been fully aware of the serious harm you were causing your daughter," he said.

"Your conduct was premeditated, ongoing and persistent."

Outside court the woman's mother said she stood by her daughter.

She said the young girl, who she is caring for, was doing extremely well considering her ordeal.

"She is healthy, she is happy and she is a normal five-year-old girl," she said.

"She is gorgeous.

"She likes doing what every little girl likes, ballet, dancing, craft and normal five-year-old stuff."

A spokesman for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he would review the sentence.

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