35-year-old aunt murders her four-month-old niece who was left in her care after her sister's death
The woman has been charged with the murder of the four-month-old baby who was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries
A 35-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of her baby niece whom she had taken in following the death of her twin sister. Sandra Leigh Houston's niece passed away a month ago after she was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The little baby was then transferred to Queensland Children's Hospital while she was in a critical condition. She passed away on November 20 as a result of her injuries. Houston appeared in Beenleigh Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and her lawyer Robert Burns shared that she was "fairly distraught" over her niece's death.
Burns told the court that Houston was the child's aunt and had taken her in when her twin sister passed away.
Sandra Leigh Houston has appeared briefly in court charged with murdering her four month old niece. The baby was put in her care after its mother died.— Mackenzie Ravn (@mackenzieravn) December 18, 2018
The 35yo’s case was adjourned until Thursday. @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/2puuQvyvDz
As reported by news.com.au, Burns shared, "She’s fairly distraught at the moment. Obviously very upset about the circumstances."
He attempted to argue that Houston should be released on bail and shared with the court, "She is fortunate that she does have plenty of family support. Her husband and the parents and the rest of her family are very supportive of her. I'm always hopeful for bail. She has good grounds for bail."
During the preliminary hearing, Burns shared that he would not reveal any details on how the child died or when the application for bail would be made. Burns told the court that his client would be applying for bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court at a later date.
While speaking to reporters, he said, "We haven't received all of the police material. In fact, orders will be made on Thursday for that, so we will see," referring to the fact that he did not have enough information to form a case.
Detectives from the Logan Child Protection and Investigation Unit and the State Crime Command's Homicide and Child Trauma squads were called in to investigate the death.
Sandra Leigh Houston has appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court charged with murdering a 4-month-old girl in her care. The matter has been adjourned for now but she intends to apply for bail @9NewsQueensland pic.twitter.com/r8OLywkm97— Harry Clarke (@harrytclarke) December 18, 2018
Houston, who is from Logan, Australia, will presently remain under house watch until her case is heard again on Thursday. From pictures, it looked like the twins were close to each other and wore similar outfits and had similar tattoos.