A MOTHER has been banned from being alone with her adult Down’s Syndrome daughter after she tried to give her an overdose of pills.
The unnamed woman from Plasencia (Extremadura) will have to be accompanied every time she sees her daughter for the next 10 years.
A court in Caceres has decided that this period of probation is sufficient punishment for the woman, who admitted attempted murder.
The court had heard that the defendant had first tried to kill her daughter and then attempted to commit suicide.
Currently, the victim’s older sister has guardianship of her and the victim lives in a centre for people with disabilities but will continue to visit the family home.
The lawyer for the defence said that the mother was acting out of compassion and had become fixated with the idea of taking both their lives, while her mind was in a disturbed state.
The court agreed and applied the complete exemption due in cases of mental disorder when sentencing. It has also ordered that the mother undergoes medical treatment for 10 years.