Mother who abducted daughter ordered to stay away from child
A WOMAN who allegedly snatched her two-year-old daughter from her estranged partner's home last month, sparking a massive police search, has had her bid for freedom granted.
The woman, 21, who cannot be named in order to protect her daughter's identity, has spent the past 40 days in custody since her arrest.
She was granted freedom, albeit under extremely strict conditions, which included living with her mother and stepfather at Tara on the Western Downs.
Crown Prosecutor Amanda Robinson told the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday that the woman, along with two other men, stormed her former partner's Willowbank home on May 10 and snatched the child - resulting in a massive police search to locate the toddler.
Ms Robinson said the Crown opposed the woman being granted bail on the grounds she posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending if released.
She said the woman had two prior convictions of common assault, which included a Facebook-fuelled fight in 2010 with a girl, 15, at the Lowood Showgrounds.
"The strength of the evidence in this case is quite strong," she said.
"There was a home invasion, which included violence, and she took a child by force.
"There is a very strong chance she could serve a custodial sentence if convicted."
Defence lawyer Tim Clements said the woman fully understood she could not take matters into her own hands in a bid to see her daughter.
He said she would abide by any court orders imposed and had no history of breaching bail.
Justice David Boddice said he was satisfied the woman, who was not in a show-cause situation, would not pose an unacceptable risk of reoffending if released, given the strict bail conditions. "She is not to leave Tara's township boundaries unless it is to attend court or a legal appointment in Ipswich," he said.
"While in Ipswich, she must not go within 100 metres of her former partner's home at Willowbank.
"She is to report to Tara police each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Furthermore, she is not to have any contact with her former partner or child unless it forms part of a Family Court order."