Poisonous brownies land teen in court for attempted murder
A TEENAGE girl who laced brownies with domestic cleaning products before delivering it to a neighbour to eat has had her charges downgraded from attempted murder.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was initially charged with attempted murder but the prosecution conceded in the Children's Court on Tuesday it did not have evidence to continue with the charge.
She was instead charged with unlawful assault and attempting to threaten a person with poison likely to cause grievous bodily harm.
The media was granted access to the Brisbane court on Tuesday but only to hear the facts of the case and the sentence.
The court heard the girl had been baking brownies at her Richlands home with her carer on October 7 last year.
The carer left the girl unsupervised and the girl took two brownies and tainted them with toilet and window cleaner.
Prosecutor Trevor Perry said the girl then wrapped the brownies up and took them to a neighbour's house.
The girl gave the brownies to the family and said they were for the victim and his brother.
The victim took a bite from the baked treat and found it tasted like soap so stopped eating.
Mr Perry said the girl later asked the victim if he had eaten the brownies.
"I put toilet cleaner and window cleaner in it; you better go to the hospital. I hope you die," Mr Perry stated the girl said.
Police were called and seized the domestic cleaning products.
The girl made admissions to police and was initially charged with attempted murder.
Magistrate Leanne O'Shea sentenced the girl to eight months probation with no conviction recorded.