Parents plead guilty to unlawfully killing eight-week-old daughter.

In April we reported that Melanie Anne Pears, 30,  appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via video link from a secure unit at the Graylands psychiatric hospital, reports ABC NEWS.

Her lawyer Bill Harris told the court that despite his client being ill at the time of the baby’s death in January this year, “she accepts that her omissions were of such a nature to amount to criminal negligence”.

“That makes her responsible,” he said.

Previous court hearings were told that the baby, who was born prematurely in November 2015, was malnourished and had multiple injuries including skull and rib fractures when she was found at a house in Saint James.

The baby’s father, Tony Paraha, 50, was also charged with manslaughter.

UPDATE 9 November

Father pleads guilty to unlawfully killing baby daughter found malnourished, with skull fractures.

The 50-year-old Perth man has pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing his eight-week-old daughter, reports ABC news.

Previous court hearings heard the infant was malnourished and had multiple injuries including skull and rib fractures.

The baby’s mother, Melanie Pears, pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge earlier this year.

Both she and Paraha will be sentenced in the Supreme Court in January 2017.

Both are being held in custody.

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  • I hope they both rot in hell for what they did to this poor baby. RIP little one


  • Disgraceful. Simply and utterly disgraceful. Another example of some people who should not have kids. RIP little angel.


  • Some people just should never have children – RIP little one, you have instantly gone to heaven.


  • I don’t understand how anyone could do such a thing. The poor little thing went through a struggle early in life only to have it stolen from her.


  • What a sad story….an innocent life is gone and will never becrestored even when parents plead guilty and get sentenced.


  • A tragic story to hear,it is so wrong.


  • Another real life story of parents killing their children. Has this become the norm? And something we’re going to become used to? What is wrong with people?


  • Actually, from this article it’s really not clear how this happened to begin with.


  • I’m surprised being a prem that she wasn’t having regular check-ups to make sure she was doing well. Maybe they weren’t needed? I don’t know the full story, but the parents must’ve been in a bad place to allow such a horrible death. R.I.P. sweet one. :(


  • As the (Step)Grandmother of little Narelle,who i unfortunately never had the chance to meet,i ask that we do not judge when we do not know the story.Yes its an unspeakable act.one that i will never understand.But we can’t judge what we dont know.I never thought this would happen to my family,but it just as easily could have been yours…


  • So sad there was no one to protect this baby.


  • This is just horrible. I hate this type of news


  • Oh my gosh :'( heartbreaking!! RIP little one x


  • what a sad world we live in today where parents kill their own children – what is going wrong with society – why don’t people who can’t cope ask for help, why does no one offer help anymore? – so sad that all these beautiful children are being unloved, and murdered

    Hope all the children who have died by the hands of their parent/s get the justice that they deserve!

    RIP little children


  • Disgusting – how could you harm your own child or even neglect them l. Rip little one


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