A mother accused of murdering her three-month-old daughter, whose decomposing body was found in a shed, sold her daughter’s clothes and starved her to death a Perth court has heard.
Tamara Louise Thompson allegedly failed to provide proper sustenance and nourishment to her baby Destiny, whose body was discovered wearing a nappy and wrapped in a muslin cloth inside a cooler bag in July 2015.
She told people her pregnancy was unplanned and her baby was not wanted, West Australian Supreme Court also heard.
Some members of the jury cried as prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo outlined the state’s case on Thursday, while Thompson also wept throughout the proceedings.
Tamara Louise Thompson allegedly killed her baby after failing to provide proper sustenance and nourishment to her baby Destiny
Ms Barbagallo said Destiny was last seen alive by someone other than her mother in mid-May.
She said Thompson lied about where Destiny was after she had died, telling some people she was with friends and others that she was in the care of the Department for Child Protection because she had post-natal depression.
Destiny was born six weeks premature in Perth, but was healthy and moved to Geraldton with her mother, who had five other children, two of whom lived with her.
‘Destiny was not a planned or wanted baby,’ Ms Barbagallo said.
Given the fact that Thompson had other children, she should have known how to adequately care for an infant, the prosecutor said.
Instead Thompson failed to feed the baby properly and would leave the bottle with Destiny even though she could not feed herself.
Some members of the jury cried as prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo outlined the state’s case on Thursday
Ms Barbagallo said Thompson also began selling toys and clothes Destiny had not yet grown into.
‘She was intending to kill Destiny,’ Ms Barbagallo said.
Ms Barbagallo said Destiny’s cause of death could not be determined because of the decomposition of the body.
Defence counsel Helen Prince said all of Thompson’s relationships had been marred by domestic violence and the baby’s father was Thompson’s meth dealer who wanted nothing to do with them.
She agreed the pregnancy was unplanned, but said once Destiny was born, her mother did love her and Thompson’s life fell apart when the baby died.
‘This case is a tragedy,’ she said.
Ms Prince said Thompson was locked in a custody battle over her two other daughters and when ‘tragedy struck’ with Destiny, she was worried about being blamed and losing them.
She said her client was aware she was not a good mother, but moral blame was different to criminal guilt.
Ms Prince said when police asked Thompson why she had named her daughter Destiny, she replied: ‘Because she was destined to be here.’
The trial continues.