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WA mum to fight attempted murder charge

A West Australian mother will fight allegations she tried to murder her young daughter with the help of a regional GP.

The woman, 40, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court to one count of attempted murder.

Prosecutors allege she visited the GP’s Albany clinic on January 17 seeking a drug she could use to end her six-year-old daughter’s life.

It’s alleged the doctor, a 48-year-old man, agreed to prescribe the drug and was aware of the intended use.

Police have said the girl became unwell on January 19 and was taken to a medical facility in the state’s south by another family member.

She was then taken to Albany Hospital where she was stabilised before being flown to Perth Children’s Hospital.

“It will be alleged the child’s health had deteriorated as the result of being administered the drug that had been sought,” WA Police said in a statement earlier this year.

The mother’s bail was renewed on Wednesday and she was committed to face the Supreme Court of WA on October 10.

The doctor, who has also been charged with attempted murder but is yet to enter a plea, briefly faced the magistrate from custody.

His lawyer told the court he was seeking an updated psychiatric report and sought an adjournment.

The doctor was remanded in custody until his next hearing on September 28.

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