Teenage mother who killed her four month old baby because the & # 39; fantasy & # 39; motherhood did not meet her expectations, has been imprisoned for at least 13 years
- Kassandra Doohan was 18 when she killed the four-month-old baby Anastasia
- Doohan shook her daughter who caused head and neck injuries in WA in May 2017
- Doohan received a life sentence and will spend at least 13 years behind bars
A teenage mother who killed her four-month-old baby after the & # 39; fantasy & # 39; motherhood did not meet her expectations, was sentenced to life imprisonment in Western Australia.
Cassandra Rose Doohan was 18 years old when she shook Anastasia & # 39; and catastrophic head and neck injuries inflicted on the child at their home in Capel in the South West region in May 2017.
Doohan was convicted on Tuesday in the WA Supreme Court and must spend at least 13 years behind bars before being eligible for conditional release.
Cassandra Doohan (photo) was 18 when she killed her four-month-old baby, Anastasia, in May 2017
Anastasia's father found her & # 39; slack & # 39; body in her bed after he got out of the shower and the girl died two days later at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.
The court heard that Anastasia had been bruised weeks before her death and child protection authorities were involved.
Doohan, now 20, originally pleaded not guilty of murder but later admitted her crime.
Justice Anthony Derrick accepted that Doohan did not intend to kill Anastasia, but she intended to cause physical injury that could endanger her life.
He said Anastasia was vulnerable and that Doohan as her mother had a duty of care, but instead she used a lot of violence and received no help until her partner realized there was a problem.
Referring to the victim impact statements, Justice Derrick said that Anastasia's father had suffered from mood swings, panic attacks, and depression.
Anastasia (photo) suffered catastrophic head and neck wounds after her mother shook her vigorously
Lawyer Seamus Rafferty previously told the court that Doohan had a sadistic drug-using father and wanted a baby because she had the imagination of a & # 39; perfect little world & # 39; create for themselves.
But the reality of being a mother's responsibility was very different, he said.
Justice Derrick accepted that Doohan was exposed to considerable trauma as a child, including physical abuse.
& # 39; You had a bad start in life, & # 39; he said.
The court heard that Anastasia had been bruised weeks before her death and child protection authorities were involved
Justice Derrick said that Doohan was emotionally immature and had personality disorders.
& # 39; You were focused on what you thought a baby would give you, & # 39; he said.
But she became frustrated, angry and resentful towards Anastasia and never formed a bond, he said.
Rafferty had argued that Doohan should receive a fixed prison sentence for murder instead of a life sentence.
But Judge Derrick said a life sentence would not be unjust in the case of Doohan.
He added that no sentence could heal the pain and suffering of the family.
& # 39; This is a terrible tragic case, & # 39; he said.
The four month old was slap & # 39; by her father & # 39; found in her bed after he got out of the shower
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