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A newborn baby girl was starved and neglected for the first 10 weeks of her life while her drug-addict parents binged on meth.

The mother did not want to have a girl, the Hervey Bay District Court heard according to the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

She allegedly refused to breastfeed and would often not attend to the baby when she cried.

The father, 43, only provided food for the couple's two older sons and allegedly didn't buy baby formula so to avoid upsetting his partner.

The father eventually called 000 after watching his daughter's health deteriorate, the court heard.

The baby was found severely malnourished, underweight and with extremely low blood pressure in 2016.

She was rushed to hospital where doctors observed the girl had endured 'prolonged starvation'.

Even when she was placed into the care of her grandmother, the traumatised baby would wake up in hysterics. The court heard this was because the newborn baby recalled the sensation of severe hunger.

The girl and her brothers only lived with their grandmother for 18 months until they were made to move back in with their mother.

The father had pleaded guilty to child cruelty and was sentenced to 16 months in jail with a parole period of four months.

The mother has been charged with child cruelty and assault, but her matter has been referred to a mental health court.
 

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