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Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail

 
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Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
A Victorian couple who gave their 10-week-old baby an ecstasy tablet have walked away from court with suspended prison sentences.

The couple, who can not be named under Queensland law, pleaded guilty in Cairns Supreme Court on Thursday to charges of grievous bodily harm and drug possession.

Prosecutor Jodie Woodridge told the court the baby girl's mother, now aged 23, had hidden the drug among the infant's reflux medication when they travelled to north Queensland in December 2008 to holiday with her brother.

Ms Woodridge said the drug remained with the baby's medication throughout their stay, creating a "Russian roulette" scenario.

"It was more good luck than good management each time the correct medication was given," she said.

On January 4, the baby's father, now aged 25, mistakenly gave the girl half an ecstasy tablet.

The couple realised their mistake when the infant began suffering seizures.

The baby was rushed to Cairns Base Hospital where she was sedated before having her stomach pumped.

Ms Woodridge said the child had shown no signs of long-term effects from the drug but her doctors indicated she would have most likely died or suffered brain damage without medical intervention.

Defence barrister Jim Henry said his clients had sworn off illicit drugs since the incident and had been subjected to twice weekly visits from parenting experts for several months.

He said they had been "publicly shamed" by the media coverage of their actions and had lost several friends as a result.

The couple, who are expecting their second child in February, told Justice Stanley Jones in a written statement they had learned from the incident.

"The only good thing to come out of this is that we have become better parents," they said.

"Our girl is our world and we are more vigilant."

In sentencing Justice Jones noted the couple's remorse and said they would have to live with the burden of their actions.

"I suspect you have beaten yourselves up more than I could, or would want to," he said.

He sentenced both to six months' jail but ordered the terms be wholly suspended.

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12/03/2009 06:45 AM
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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
wtf

they are having a second child?

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"Our girl is our world and we are more vigilant."

Now they make sure that they keep their X in their sock drawer...

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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
Sounds like an honest mistake, a very very dumb one at that. But sometimes things like this will straighten you out. Thank God the baby is ok.
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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
I gobbled down my Grandmothers high blood pressure pills before my first birthday.

Drugs should be kept away from infants
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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
Sounds like an honest mistake, a very very dumb one at that. But sometimes things like this will straighten you out. Thank God the baby is ok.
 Quoting: Grinse


Agreed. But the baby was probably peaking, if they gave it a while longer she wouldve been the happiest baby alive!

jokes jokes... :)
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Medication in tablet form is not given to babies. The reflux medication would have been in liquid form, so this mix up story is bull shit!

Any parent knows that babies can't swallow pills and all of their medications are in liquid form!

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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
what a twisted world we live in
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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
Sad, but nothing new...really.

People have been giving children alcohol, barbituates and other poisons for a long time.

There was a man, somewhere in his 30s, who used to roam town, had that weird look and odd gait that set him apart.

Ratty, disheveled and forlorn, he wandered around our small community with his equally ratty and disheveled little dog.

I finally came across someone who knew his story...when he was an infant his parents fed him barbituates and whiskey to keep him quiet.

It left him permanently brain-damaged as a result.

There are idiots in every generation...but it does seem to have grown exponentially in this generation.

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Medication in tablet form is not given to babies. The reflux medication would have been in liquid form, so this mix up story is bull shit!

Any parent knows that babies can't swallow pills and all of their medications are in liquid form!
 Quoting: Outraged



exactly
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Re: Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail
A Victorian couple who gave their 10-week-old baby an ecstasy tablet have walked away from court with suspended prison sentences.

The couple, who can not be named under Queensland law, pleaded guilty in Cairns Supreme Court on Thursday to charges of grievous bodily harm and drug possession.

Prosecutor Jodie Woodridge told the court the baby girl's mother, now aged 23, had hidden the drug among the infant's reflux medication when they travelled to north Queensland in December 2008 to holiday with her brother.

Ms Woodridge said the drug remained with the baby's medication throughout their stay, creating a "Russian roulette" scenario.

"It was more good luck than good management each time the correct medication was given," she said.

On January 4, the baby's father, now aged 25, mistakenly gave the girl half an ecstasy tablet.

The couple realised their mistake when the infant began suffering seizures.

The baby was rushed to Cairns Base Hospital where she was sedated before having her stomach pumped.

Ms Woodridge said the child had shown no signs of long-term effects from the drug but her doctors indicated she would have most likely died or suffered brain damage without medical intervention.

Defence barrister Jim Henry said his clients had sworn off illicit drugs since the incident and had been subjected to twice weekly visits from parenting experts for several months.

He said they had been "publicly shamed" by the media coverage of their actions and had lost several friends as a result.

The couple, who are expecting their second child in February, told Justice Stanley Jones in a written statement they had learned from the incident.

"The only good thing to come out of this is that we have become better parents," they said.

"Our girl is our world and we are more vigilant."

In sentencing Justice Jones noted the couple's remorse and said they would have to live with the burden of their actions.

"I suspect you have beaten yourselves up more than I could, or would want to," he said.

He sentenced both to six months' jail but ordered the terms be wholly suspended.

[link to news.ninemsn.com.au]
 Quoting: NaughtyEarthling

What are they doing taking drugs when they have kids to support and give a proper home to?

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