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Courtney Allan

Perth mum fined $750 for smacking daughter with wooden spoon

Perth mum fined $750 for smacking daughter with wooden spoon

An Australian mother has been charged with common assault after smacking her nine-year-old daughter with a wooden spoon.

Tania, 35, has faced Perth court over an incident in their home in Ellenbrook last year.

The mother hit her daughter in a “moment of frustration” according to her lawyer.

Police explained that the assault happened after the child took old meat from the fridge and ate it.

Tania had warned her not to touch it as it had medicine for the dogs inside the meat.

“My daughter actually took out some food that I had in the fridge that was meant for the dogs the next day, and it had medication for the dogs,” Tania told 9News.

“I woke up in the morning, she was nice and quiet just sitting in the theatre room eating away these burgers that were supposed to be for the dogs.”

Tania explained that she “panicked” and has had “a lot of difficulties with her [daughter’s] behaviour".

The young girl was left with a bruise.

The Magistrate handed down a suspended $750 fine and a spent conviction.

“You struck your nine-year-old with a wooden spoon and by your plea you accept that the force you used was more than necessary to correct her,” he said, according to WAToday.

“I’m satisfied this is unlikely to happen again.”