Young father remanded in custody over the alleged poisoning of his two-month-old daughter.
The infant was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital on Sunday evening, where she remains in a stable condition, reports ABC news.
Her 22-year-old father appeared in Southport Magistrates Court this morning, charged with administering poison with intent to harm and possession of a controlled substance.
Detective Inspector Tony Aubort said the substance was the strong painkiller, oxycontin.
“We will allege that he had put the child down, was looking for an afternoon sleep and some time for himself to do a hobby project he had,” Detective Inspector Aubort said.
“The child became unsettled and as a result of that, he made a decision to try to resettle the child with this drug.
“Any person who would make a decision like this is clearly grossly negligent,” he added.
“This is a restricted and controlled drug, for a reason … it is just not in the ball park to even be considered to be given to a child.”
Last month we reported that a Gold Coast father who poisoned his own daughter with a drug OxyContin, also known as ‘hillbilly heroin’, avoided more jail time. The judge labelled the father’s actions a ‘nutty experiment’ but granted him parole. Read here.
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