Young mum pleads guilty to murdering baby daughter
A young mother has pleaded guilty to murdering her four-month-old baby in Western Australia's South West region.
Anastasia Hand was brought to Bunbury Regional Hospital in May 2017 and transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, where she died from serious injuries two days later.
Her mother, Cassandra Rose Doohan, who was 18 at the time, formally entered a not guilty plea during her first appearance in the Supreme Court of WA in September and was remanded in custody.
But at a status conference today, Doohan changed her plea to guilty.
The child’s father, David Hand, was in the shower when his partner murdered their daughter.
He got out to find the baby unresponsive in her cot.
Mr Hand’s father told 9News the family was relieved at Doohan's guilty plea but his son had been traumatised by the tragedy.
“It’s a huge relief that David doesn’t have to go through a trial … that would break him,” Mr Hand's father said.
“We just wish she’d pleaded guilty much sooner.
“David used to be quite confident and outgoing, but now he is a changed man."
Doohan will be sentenced later this year.
She may escape a life sentence with her lawyer telling the court it was an "exceptional" case.
She is seeking a fixed jail term, which can only be handed to murderers are not considered a threat to the public.
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