A HUNTER mother accused of injecting her nine-year-old daughter with urine while she was in hospital will face a trial in Newcastle District Court.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday where she was committed to stand trial on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and using poison to endanger life.
The woman, who was represented by solicitor Mark Ramsland, will appear in Newcastle District Court next month to get a trial date.
The young girl had a complicated medical history and was admitted to John Hunter Children’s Hospital and Westmead Children’s Hospital dozens of times between 2008 and 2015 for illnesses including renal failure and bloodstream infections.
Hospital staff became concerned about the young girl in early 2014 and a teleconference between staff from both hospitals in 2015 led them to conclude that “the rapid growth of unusual organisms in both the urine and blood cultures… were highly suggestive of deliberate contamination of [the young girl’s] central line by injection of urine”, according to a Crown case statement.
The woman, a mummy blogger who wrote about her daughter’s illness, denies ever deliberately making the child sick.
When she was spoken to by a detective in March, 2015, a search of her handbag and a cooler box allegedly revealed five plastic syringes and two urine sample containers.
Since being removed from her mother’s care, the girl’s health has improved significantly, according to the Crown case statement.
“[The young girl’s] progress has confirmed that the majority of her previous problematic medical issues were not the result of an underlying medical condition.”