Bail de­nied over baby drop­ping

Kwinana Courier - - News -

A WOMAN who po­lice al­lege dropped her onemonth old in­fant seven times, caus­ing bruis­ing and a frac­tured skull, has been re­fused bail.

The woman ap­peared at Rockingham Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 7 charged with acts or omis­sions caus­ing bod­ily harm or dan­ger to any per­son, and hav­ing the care and con­trol of a child en­gaged in con­duct know­ing that con­duct may re­sult in harm to the child.

Ap­pear­ing in cus­tody, the woman made an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail. Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins asked if the po­lice op­posed bail.

The po­lice prose­cu­tor said they did and he would read their case to sup­port their op­po­si­tion.

He al­leged that be­tween the dates of May 19 and 20, the ac­cused was at her home ad­dress and had sent sev­eral text mes­sages to an un­named per­son stat­ing “this is fright­en­ing me” and “the most f ***** up thing ever hap­pened”.

He added that the in­fant had been dropped seven times caus­ing bruis­ing and a skull frac­ture to the right side of the baby’s head.

“We have con­cerns, as this is not an iso­lated in­ci­dent,” he said.

“On sev­eral pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, one of her chil­dren was found wan­der­ing alone in the carpark of Rockingham Hospi­tal and she was found asleep with her part­ner in a car in­tox­i­cated by a sub­stance.

“The chil­dren were taken away from her for their pro­tec­tion by DCP on May 20.

“I don’t think she is in the right state of mind; for her own pro­tec­tion and that of the chil­dren.

“I couldn’t be sat­is­fied and she should be re­manded in cus­tody.”

Mag­is­trate Atkins de­nied bail. The woman did not en­ter a plea and will reap­pear at a later date.

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