The teenage mum's lawyer argues that the girl should NOT be imprisoned for life because she killed her four-month-old baby – because she had a rough childhood
- Cassandra Rose Doohan killed her baby Anastasia when she was 18 years old
- Baby has suffered brain damage and fractures after her mother has constantly shaken her
- Anastasia died two days after the incident in the hospital
- Doohan initially pleaded not guilty but later admitted her crime
- Her lawyer believes that she should receive a fixed prison sentence instead of life imprisonment
A teenage mother who mistreated her four-month-old baby, including shaking the baby, should receive a fixed prison sentence instead of a life sentence for murder, her lawyer argued in a court in Perth.
Cassandra Rose Doohan was 18 when she injured her baby Anastasia in May 2017 in their Capel home in southwestern Western Australia.
Doohan cried in the WA Supreme Court on Monday when details of her insult were set out.
Cassandra Rose Doohan (photo) was 18 when she fatally injured her baby Anastasia in their Capel house in Western Australia
Anastasia & # 39; s father found her limp and & # 39; slack & # 39; body in her bed after he got out of the shower and the girl died in the hospital two days later.
She had suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures.
Doohan, now 20, originally pleaded not guilty of murder but later admitted her crime.
Lawyer Seamus Rafferty said that Doohan's case was exceptional and that she should be given a fixed prison sentence instead of the usual life sentence for murder.
Anastasia's father found her limp and lifeless body in her bed after she came out of a shower
Rafferty said that Doohan had a childhood without love and dedication, and had a violent and sadistic father.
He described her as socially incapable and said she wanted to have a baby because she had the imagination of a & # 39; perfect little world & # 39; create for themselves.
But the reality of being a mother was very different and Doohan never had a relationship with her baby.
& # 39; Her concept of motherhood was completely skewed & # 39 ;, Rafferty said.
Prosecutor James Mactaggart said that Anastasia had been bruised weeks before her death and child protection authorities were involved.
Justice Anthony Derrick said he needed more time to consider the submissions.
He will condemn Doohan on Tuesday.
The four-month-old died two days later after a traumatic brain injury and fractures
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