Inadequate parents get probation order



THEIR nine-month-old baby girl fell from a bunk bed and fractured a leg, but parents Kenneth Thomas Webb and Kelly-Lee Beard didn't seek medical help for two days.

Yesterday Rockhampton District Court heard it was because of their financial position at the time.

Webb, 30, and Beard, 22, each pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty of a child under 16.

Judge Alan Wilson described it as a regrettable incident of a child being caused unnecessary pain and discomfort.

He said it appeared a case of inadequate parenting rather than deliberate cruelty.

He noted that the couple had made no attempt to conceal the injury, having sought advice from friends and family before getting medical treatment for the child.

They had noticed the child was in pain, but did not see it fall.

Judge Wilson said their pleas of guilty were a sign of remorse.

He took into account Beard had no criminal history and Webb had no serious criminal history.

Both were placed on 12 months' probation with conditions, and no convictions were recorded.



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