Mother of baby found dead on Gold Coast beach released on bail, to follow mental treatment plan
The mother of a baby found dead after washing up on a Gold Coast beach has been granted bail and will be released to a supervised mental health facility.
The 23-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in the Tweed Heads Local Court today, charged with failing to provide for a child causing danger of death.
A nine-month-old girl was discovered unresponsive on the edge of the surf in Surfers Paradise last month.
She was declared dead at the scene.
The child’s 46-year-old father was arrested last month and was charged with murder. He remains before the courts.
Magistrate Jeff Linden granted the mother bail today to a northern New South Wales mental health facility that cannot be named.
She will be required to follow treatment plans and take all medication as directed by the facility.
Magistrate Linden said she must report to police every day, and was not permitted to contact any witnesses in the case or enter the area of Tweed Court, except to attend court.
The court was told the woman’s parents were “very supportive” and would travel to New South Wales to be with her.
Queensland Police will allege the baby died in NSW and drifted in the water for two days after she was allegedly thrown in a harbour at Tweed Heads.