43-year-old Australian woman looks at death sentence in the US and says to family & # 39; I am doing well & # 39; after she appeared in court, accused of murdering a schizophrenic stepdaughter
- Lisa Cunningham is on trial for the alleged murder of her stepdaughter
- The Australian woman is tried in Arizona, where the death penalty is applied
- Her stepdaughter Sanaa died at the age of seven, with police claiming she had been abused
- Ms. Cunningham appeared in court on Thursday and reassured her family that she was in order
Hannah Moore for Daily Mail Australia
An Australian mother who rises the death penalty in Arizona because of the alleged murder of her seven-year-old stepdaughter, is doing well.
Lisa Cunningham, who reportedly remains in a cell for 23 hours a day, after he reportedly killed young Sanaa in February 2017, has made a brief visit to the court on Thursday.
The 43-year-old saw the Maricopa Superior Court come in while he was handcuffed and a jumpsuit in prison, reported Nine News.
She turned to family members sitting in court and said: "They are doing well, a claim that is repeated later in the day by her defender.
Mother-of-four Lisa Cunningham (photo) told family that she & # 39; okay & # 39; was on Thursday when she appeared in court
Ms. Cunningham could become the first Australian woman to face the death penalty in the US, and the second ever executed by the state of Arizona after she reportedly killed her stepdaughter
Eric Kessler told reporters that Mrs Cunningham & # 39; did well & # 39; and played an active role in her own defense.
She reads documents, communicates with us and from a health point of view she is in order. & # 39;
Sanaa was diagnosed with acute schizophrenia and other psychological problems, but her death was caused by complications from sepsis and acute bronchitis.
After her death, researchers found markings on her limbs that suggested she had been held with zip-ties and handcuffs.
Sanaa's stepdaughter Sanaa (photo) was only seven years old when she died in February 2017
The police claim that Sanaa, who had schizophrenia, was cruelly abused and detained with a straitjacket and cable ties before her death.
The police, who believes that Sanaa was the victim of cruel mistreatment, also had a leg on her foot and was allegedly detained with a straitjacket and cable ties for her death.
The husband of Mrs Cunningham, the former detective of Phoenix, Germayne, has also been charged with the alleged murder.
The police were arrested and accused the two after investigating complaints that she had neglected the young girl.
Both have not pleaded guilty and are expected to appear in court on 28 February.
If convicted, Mrs Cunningham could face the death penalty, making her the second woman to be executed by the state, the first to be put to death in 1930.
Ms. Cunningham and her husband, the former detective of Phoenix, Germayne Cunningham, were arrested and accused of the murder of Sanaa after a number of complaints about the alleged neglect of the child were investigated