Mother 'put cleaner in girl's mouth'

A TOOWOOMBA mother accused of trying to poison her daughter with cleaning fluid had charges against her mentioned before the city’s Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 35-year-old African national, who is not named so as to protect the identity of her daughter, was not required to attend court yesterday when her solicitor Brad Skuse sought a further adjournment.

Mr Skuse said an interpreter proficient in his client’s native tongue would be required for her court appearances.

The woman is accused of pouring a cleaning chemical over the girl’s face and mouth as a form of punishment at the family’s Toowoomba home in January.

The nine-year-old girl was treated at Toowoomba Hospital for burns before being airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Her mother has not been required to enter any pleas to charges of grievous bodily harm, administering poison with intent to harm, and acts intended to maim/disfigure/disable.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck remanded the woman on bail with strict conditions including having no contact with her daughter and adjourned the case for mention on May 4.


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