Child smothering alleged

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

A MOTHER who allegedly tried to smother her child with a pillow yesterday faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court charged with attempted murder.

The committal hearing was told the accused had been taken to Rockhampton Hospital after inhaling flyspray just hours before the attack in May this year.

Earlier that night the accused had arranged for her neighbour to care for her two children while she went to a friend's place for a few drinks.

The accused allegedly drank a 375ml bottle of bourbon before she inhaled the flyspray and her friend called an ambulance.

She later claimed to have taken valium before going to her friend's house.

However, before she could be seen by a hospital doctor, the accused decided to return home.

She went outside to call a taxi but was instead of- fered a lift by police who had earlier attended the North Rockhampton residence from which she had been taken.

The accused had also been spotted drinking beer at the hospital by a security guard, the court heard.

Police returned the accused to her South Rockhampton home where she paid a visit to her neighbour who was looking after her children.

The neighbour took the stand about midday yesterday alleging the accused had broken down while talking to her.

She said the accused then asked to use her toilet but entered the children's bedroom instead.

When she followed her in, the neighbour told the court, she saw the accused holding a pillow over her five-year-old daughter's face.

However, the court heard the child did not suffer any detrimental effects as a result of the alleged attack.

Magistrate Brownyn Springer adjourned the matter until December 23.



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