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Australian jailed for poisoning daughter so as to get attention

BRISBANE, Australia -- An Australian woman who deliberately poisoned her four-year-old daughter with cancer drugs then detailed the girl's "fight for life" on Facebook to garner attention for herself was Wednesday jailed for six years.

The 23-year-old, who cannot be named to protect her daughter's identity, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in what Judge Tony Rafter called "an incomprehensible breach of trust."

"You must have been aware of the serious harm you were causing to your daughter," he said in sentencing, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.

The Brisbane District Court heard the woman deliberately made her daughter ill by feeding her chemotherapy drugs bought online and set up a Web page saying her daughter needed a bone marrow transplant.

Prosecutor Glen Cash told the court the mother gave the child drugs over a nine-month period to attract attention to herself.

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