A MAN who nearly killed his newborn daughter by feeding her a powerful painkiller has been released on probation after serving just 17 days behind bars.
Southport District Court was told the Carrara man, 22, put OxyContin in his baby’s bottle in what the defence claimed was an attempt to stop the child from crying.
The man is said to have crushed up a tablet, mixed it with water and heated the solution to help the drug dissolve before adding baby formula and feeding the drink to his daughter on January 10 this year.
The child quickly became ill and an ambulance was called.
Judge David Kent described the incident at the centre of a grievous bodily harm charge a “nutty experiment” that had “catastrophic” effects on the daughter.
“What else could you expect? It’s pretty basic,” he said.
“He (later) did a Google search ‘is OxyContin dangerous to babies? It revealed to him, yes it is’,” he said.
“He doesn’t have to be smart — Google is smart for him.”
Crown prosecutor Ben Jackson said the man lied to medical staff at Gold Coast University Hospital about feeding the drug to his daughter.
Mr Jackson said it was not until he was pressured by police that the father owned up to feeding his daughter OxyContin.
“(He) was very slow to admit what he had done,” he said.
“He may not have completely understood with much foresight the consequences.”
Solicitor Paul Byrne said his client’s justification for administering the drug was to stop the baby from crying.
“The baby was distressed at the time,” he said.
“It wasn’t an experiment without any precipitating incident.”
Judge Kent said he considered the 17 days spent in custody immediately after his admission of guilt as time served and took into account a range of factors in sentencing the young man, including his remorse, an early plea of guilty and the fact that he never intended to hurt his daughter.
The judge said he also took into account that weeks before the incident the man had asked the mother whether there was something they could give the child to help her sleep.
The man was sentenced to three years in prison but walked free from court on probation yesterday.
The father is said to have found another job since the incident and is no longer living with the mother.