The woman stole green whistles which she was planning on selling to support her baby. File photo
The woman stole green whistles which she was planning on selling to support her baby. File photo

Mum stole morphine from ambulance to support her baby

A YOUNG Tin Can Bay mother who stole morphine from an ambulance was planning on selling it to look after her baby, a Gympie court heard this week.

Taran Mae Louise Partridge fronted the Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday, after she was caught stealing and self administering drugs during an ambulance ride to hospital.

On September 7, the 26-year-old's mother called an ambulance after Partridge had been "vomiting in pain" for an hour.

MORE GYMPIE NEWS

* UPDATE: More details released on Double Island Point death

* Arrest warrant issued for disgraced Gympie builder

* Arsenal to repel yowie attack lands meth addict mum in court

While in the ambulance, Partridge illegally administered a dose of methoxyflurane (a pain killer alternative to morphine) to herself, and then stole several vials of morphine (green whistles).

The paramedics noticed the drugs were missing upon getting back to the station, and immediately reported it.

Police later spoke to Partridge and found four 1ml vials of morphine in the pocket of her pants, and she admitted to wanting to sell them to make money to support her baby.

Facing Gympie Magistrates Court this week, Partridge said she could not remember how they ended up in her pocket, and said she was "very dazed and confused" at the time of the offence.

Partridge stole four 1ml vials of morphine from the ambulance while she was being transported to hospital. File photo
Partridge stole four 1ml vials of morphine from the ambulance while she was being transported to hospital. File photo

The court heard Partridge was the mother to a four-month-old baby, and had been suffering from post-natal depression, and had been battling depression "on and off" prior to this.

Partridge pleaded guilty to entering premises and stealing, and possessing a controlled drug which was illegally obtained.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan sentenced Partridge to a term of probation on the first charge and convicted her without further punishment on the second.

"If you were going to sell these green whistles to buy baby formulas you're struggling financially," he said.

"Imposing a fine on you won't help … I'm going to offer you 12 months probation.

"You're a woman doing the best you can in hard times, you're still young."

Gympie Times

Damning figure that shows Budget is a bust

Premium Content Damning figure that shows Budget is a bust

Qld Budget 2020: LNP slams state’s plunging net worth

UPDATE: Man who died behind Gatton shops had medical history

Premium Content UPDATE: Man who died behind Gatton shops had medical history

Police have released some details about the man who died in Gatton.