Daughter punched for not sleeping

WHEN an eight-year-old Rockhampton girl arrived at school with a black eye and a red mark on her neck, police were called.

Her dad, a father of seven, was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham told Rockhampton Magistrates Court the man punched his daughter in the eye because she would not go to sleep.

Ms Dunham said the girl was unable to see through her injured eye for some time because of the severity of the blow to her face.

The girl’s father initially denied hitting her when questioned by police, but later pleaded guilty. He cannot be identified to protect his children’s identity.

The dad told police he had not seen his daughter since the night before and did not see her black eye.

The school reported the matter on June 23, 2011.

Defence lawyer Lance Rundle said his client was remorseful and was under a great deal of stress.

Mr Rundle said the man paid child support and was working to complete a parenting program and another program at Relationships Australia.

Last Friday Magistrate Barry Cosgrove placed the father on 12 months probation.

Senior Constable Mick Logan, from the Child Protection and Investigation Unit, said people could contact their local police station, the Department of Child Safety, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they suspected a child was being abused.

He said all reports would be treated with confidentiality.

More on child abuse at Child Safety Services’ website www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety


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