A ROCKHAMPTON woman drugged her daughter with Valium when the teenager, suffering from a multiple personality disorder, flew into rages and tried to cut herself and her siblings with a knife.
It was a desperate measure by a desperate mother often forced to turn to police and paramedics to help control her disturbed child.
One night when police arrived to assist the 41-year-old, officers went so far as to capsicum-spray the girl.
It was a measure that shocked even Judge Grant Britton in the District Court in Rockhampton last Thursday.
The woman, whose name has been suppressed to protect her child's identity, pleaded guilty to four counts of supplying a drug to a minor.
"It's a sad case really," Judge Britton said.
The woman's defence barrister, Tom Polley, said his client's daughter had been diagnosed with a multiple personality disorder and depression.
Mr Polley said the young girl had heard voices telling her to kill herself, saw shadows of dead people and had nightmares which gave her panic attacks.
On the evening police used capsicum spray and handcuffs to restrain her so paramedics could sedate her and transport her to hospital, they discovered from the girl that her mother had given her Valium.
Crown prosecutor Jess King said doctors had advised the woman against it because it could worsen her daughter's condition.
Mr Polley explained his client, who had also been on regular medication for 25 years, had seen a doctor successfully use a liquid form of Valium to sedate her daughter in a hospital and only resorted to Valium if her daughter refused to take her prescribed medication and asked for the drug.
Judge Britton said being charged and appearing in a criminal court must have been hard enough for the woman.
He placed her on a $500 reconnaissance and good behaviour period of 12 months.
No conviction was recorded.
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