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Woman accused of murdering baby told people her pregnancy was unplanned and her baby was not wanted.

A mother accused of murdering her three-month-old daughter, whose decomposing body was found in a shed, told people her pregnancy was unplanned and her baby was not wanted, a Perth court has heard.

Tamara Louise Thompson allegedly failed to provide proper sustenance and nourishment to her baby Destiny, whose body was discovered wearing a nappy and wrapped in a muslin cloth inside a cooler bag in July 2015, reports 9 news.

Some members of jury cried as prosecutor, Carmel Barbagallo, outlined the state’s case on Thursday.

Ms Barbagallo said Destiny was last seen alive by someone other than her mother in mid-May.

She said Thompson lied about where Destiny was after she had died, telling some people she was with friends and others that she was in the care of the Department for Child Protection because she had post-natal depression.

Destiny was born six weeks premature in Perth, but was healthy and moved to Geraldton with her mother, who had five other children, two of whom lived with her.

“Destiny was not a planned or wanted baby,” Ms Barbagallo said.

Thompson failed to feed the baby properly and would leave the bottle with Destiny even though she could not feed herself.

Ms Barbagallo said Thompson also began selling toys and clothes Destiny had not yet grown into.

“She was intending to kill Destiny,” Ms Barbagallo said.

Ms Barbagallo said Destiny’s cause of death could not be determined because of the decomposition of the body.

Defence counsel Helen Prince said all of Thompson’s relationships had been marred by domestic violence and the baby’s father was Thompson’s meth dealer who wanted nothing to do with them.

She agreed the pregnancy was unplanned, but said once Destiny was born, her mother did love her and Thompson’s life fell apart when the baby died.

“This case is a tragedy,” she said.

Ms Prince said Thompson was locked in a custody battle over her two other daughters and when “tragedy struck” with Destiny, she was worried about being blamed and losing them.

She said her client was aware she was not a good mother, but moral blame was different to criminal guilt.

Ms Prince said when police asked Thompson why she had named her daughter Destiny, she replied: “Because she was destined to be here.”

The trial continues.

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  • These unplanned births happen so why not put her up for adoption or place her with family services. That poor baby didn’t deserve to be treated that way. She never ask to be born and deserved better

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  • Disgraceful, as others have said she should have given the baby up for adoption. R.I.P. little angel.

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  • What about adoption? To do something selfless and unselfish that would make a childless couple so happy and a child so loved.

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  • Like others have said there is so many couples waiting to adopt a baby, show love and raise him/her as their own. 35 – 40 years ago my parents know a couple who had a stillbirth and emergency surgery which resulted in the Mum not being able to have another baby. They were refused adoption because the Dad didn’t earn enough. Now Mums are basically paid to have a baby. 25 years ago they were given permission to foster their niece and nephew if the circumstances warranted it as both the parents have intellectualy disablilities. The Govt. Dept. did random checks on their house to make sure it was suitable until the children were both 18 years old. They never made appts.

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  • This is horrible, rest in peace little one

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  • Very sad story I can’t believe that a mother would kill her own child this is sad.

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  • Such a sad story – especially with so many people who would love to adopt

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  • The fact that Destiny was not planned, is no reason to kill her. Couldn’t she have given her up for adoption? Why didn’t she do that?

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  • A sad and tragic story,very sad indeed.

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  • So sad, so many people who would desperately love a baby of their own.

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  • adoption, foster care, there are other options! This makes me so bloody angry!

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  • So sad, what a horrible thing to do. If she was unwanted she should have been put up for adoption so she was able to go to a home where she would have been incredibly wanted and longed for.

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  • What a sad story.
    God knows what exactly happened.

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  • Such a sad story. That poor little baby. Would not like to be on the jury for this case.. :(

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  • Wow what a tragic story! If the mum truly didnt want her then there are soo many options to safely give her up (eg adoption) or to the state (foster care) while she got her life sorted. The line about not wanting to tell anyone something happened seems to be the most prominent thing in the story saying to me she kept her so it didnt seem like she could handle her kids to not lose the older ones. So sad that a baby died.

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