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Man accused of attempting to kill his four-month-old daughter by making her swallow a 10-cent coin and prescription drugs.

The man, who was 19-years-old at the time of the alleged crime has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder of the baby girl.

The court heard yesterday that four-month-old girl was rushed to hospital after her mother found her gasping for air on the night of August 13, 2013.

The father stayed by the baby’s bedside overnight in the hospital.

The following day a nurse witnessed the baby vomit up the 10c coin, but she then grew ill again becoming lethargic and unresponsive to pain.

Crown prosecutor David Meredith said in his opening statement that the father was on prescription medicine for schizophrenia and ADHD. A test showed both of those drugs present in the baby’s urine.

The court heard the coin lodged in the back of the baby’s throat and Mr Meredith said if it had not moved the baby girl would have died reports The Courier Mail.

Mr Meredith said that the man asked the baby’s grandmother, a day before she swallowed the coin “What would happen if a baby swallowed a coin?”

The grandmother told him that the baby ‘would die’.

The court was told that the father “made two intentional attempts to kill his child by making her eat the coin and when that failed, he fed the medication by putting it in her food when she was in hospital.”

The court heard that a text message received by the accused by the baby’s mother saying ‘It was me. I did it. I’m so sorry. I wasn’t ready too (sic) be a mother and I knew that’ was most probably faked.

Mr Meredith said that there was no record on the mother’s phone or on the Telstra network of the message being sent to the father and that the accused had a history of faking text messages.

The defence lawyer for the accused said it was all circumstantial and that no one had seen the father give the coin or the medication to the baby.

UPDATE 25 February

The man has been acquitted of all charges.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder of the four-month-old girl and two alternate charges of unlawful assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

The prosecution alleged he tried to kill his daughter by making her ingest a 10 cent coin, saying he had asked the baby’s grandmother what harm swallowing a coin would have on the baby. They argued unsuccessfully that when that didn’t work he poisoned her with medication while she was in hospital.

His defence lawyer told the jury no one had seen the father give the coin or the medication to the baby and that the evidence against him was circumstantial.

The man walked free yesterday after the jury delivered a not guilty verdict after about two hours of deliberations.

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  • Oh my gosh this is so wrong.

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  • What a dangerous man ! He shouldn’t have walk free.

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  • This man should not have been found not guilty. How can they acquit him of all charges?? He asked the grandmother if the coin would kill the baby…it was premeditated. I guess he had a good lawyer :-(

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  • How on earth can he be found not guilty!!? This is disgusting. Shame on the jury given his questions about whether a coin could kill the baby. I hope he never has access to children again

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  • As sad as it is if he is guilty, he must be considered innocent until PROVEN guilty. The evidence just was not strong enough. That said, the standard of evidence needed for child protection authorities is far less. As long as there is a RISK of harm. they should be involved. He may have not gone to gaol but I’m sure he is being investigated/monitored.

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  • yeah it is not definate evidence, that is why he got off.

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  • Not guilty?…thats it?
    I understand if he has mental issues but to simply say Not Guilty and send him on his way is wrong. This man needs help for his mental issues and if he doesnt get that help he will do something like this again and perhaps next time someone will lose their life.

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  • This is all kinds of wrong. I feel sorry for that poor bub. I hope he doesn’t try again :(

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  • How is he allowed to go free? I so hope that he is not allowed near the poor bub

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  • This is too sad. There are so many things wrong about this. I’m so glad the baby is okay and hope she lives a long and happy life, away from her father.

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  • I’m just glad that the child is okay. To me it sounds like he did this act deliberately but at the same time, I hope he gets some help for his mental problems. Just keep him away from all children.

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  • Again I say, why are some people given children. These dear little ones depend on and trust the people who brought them into this world to take good and loving care of them. Not put coins in their mouth or give them medication to deliberately kill them.

    What a sick unit. Keep him right away from that little girl, she doesn’t need a person like that to be in her life. She needs to be safe and well so that she can grow up into the beautiful person which was intended for her to be.

    I hope he gets the treatment he needs and is kept right away from the whole family.

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  • Oh my goodness. How sad. I hope he gets charged and is kept away from the mum and baby

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  • A sad story indeed !! The defence lawyer for the accused said it was all circumstantial and that no one had seen the father give the coin or the medication to the baby ? Not such a good defence lawyer ! Better find out the truth and not take any risk. When the father is on prescription medicine for schizophrenia and ADHD I hope he gets proper treatment as well and have for his own sake a reduced accountability statement signed.

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  • I hope he gets what he deserves. Horrible!

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