Doctor Admits Helping 6-Year-Old’s Critically Disabled Girl’s Mother Kill Her Daughter With An Insulin Injection
- Pieter Theunis Austin, 48, pleaded guilty to attempted murder of six-year-old girl
- Western Australian doctor gave girl’s mother a prescription for insulin
- 40-year-old mother allegedly injected her daughter so that she would ‘death’
- Mother of four pleaded innocent and will appear in Supreme Court
- Austin was remanded in custody and will appear in court in December
A doctor has been charged with attempted murder after giving an insulin prescription to a mother who allegedly used it to kill her severely disabled six-year-old daughter.
Western Australian doctor Pieter Theunis Austin, 48, (pictured) pleaded guilty to attempted murder after giving a prescription of insulin to a mother who allegedly used it to try to overdose on her six-year-old daughter
Pieter Theunis Austin stood before Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court in Perth in Western Australia on Wednesday morning via video link from Casuarina Prison.
The 48-year-old doctor pleaded guilty after the mother, who allegedly tried to kill her disabled daughter by overdosing on insulin, received a prescription for the drug from his practice in Albany on Jan. 17.
Austin had been held in custody since he was arrested on Feb. 3 by detectives from the Child Abuse Squad.
On January 19, the 40-year-old mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, would inject her daughter with the synthetic insulin so that she would “death peacefully.”
The six-year-old girl was taken to a local medical facility by a concerned family member before being transferred to Albany Hospital, where her condition stabilized.
The child was then flown 420km by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Perth Children’s Hospital.
The 40-year-old mother would inject her daughter, who she said was seriously disabled, with the synthetic insulin (photo) so that she would ‘death peacefully’. A concerned family member noticed the girl was unwell and rushed her to hospital
The Western Australian mother of four was the only 24-hour carer for her daughter and pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
She will face the Supreme Court next week and has been released on bail on strict terms, including not trying to contact the child or Austin.
Austin has not filed for bail and will appear in court again next week.
Austin was remanded in custody and did not request bail. He will appear before the Supreme Court again on December 14 for sentencing.
At an earlier court hearing, lawyers for the mother heard that they will defend the charge of attempted murder by arguing whether she intended to kill her daughter.
In December 2016, the mother started a GoFundMe account with the intention of raising $20,000 to help her “beautiful baby girl” with “neurological problems.”
She seemed like a loving and concerned mother when she launched the campaign.
She wrote that her daughter was “diagnosed with a neurological problem that affects her ability to organize her gross and fine movement patterns.”
Austin faces the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December (pictured) for sentencing. Mother of four has pleaded innocent and will appear in court next week
The fund managed to raise the $20,000 in just four months and attracted donations from around the world.
The mother posted a final message in August 2017, writing that her daughter’s progress has been slow.
“Two steps forward, one back… it can be quite frustrating at times,” she said.
“But the emotional highs we have when she makes even a little bit of progress more than makes up for it.”