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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