Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Officer 'Abandoned' by QPS; Family Says Their Daughter 'Isolated and beyond Despair'

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Officer 'Abandoned' by QPS; Family Says Their Daughter 'Isolated and beyond Despair'

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THE Gympie family of a suspended police officer say their daughter has been abandoned and even victim- ised by the Queensland Police Service and they fear for her mental state and future.

The family, which has asked to remain anonymous for fear of making their daughter's situation worse, believe she has been the victim of a campaign to bring her undone following a falling out with a superior officer where she was stationed in outback Queensland.

Since that fall-out, their daughter has been stood down, and had her children taken from her, they say. She has been denied all access to her children for five months.

The police officer, a mother of three who had sole custody of her children until they were taken, has been charged with assault- ing two of her children - three counts in relation to hitting a child with an egg flip and one in relation to hitting a child with a garden cane.

"In May, the court ordered without any explanation that the father is to have full custody of the children and that the children are to have no contact with their mother at all," her father told The Gympie Times this week.

A trial date for the assault charges has been set for February 2018.

"As of September 7, it has been 138 days since our daughter last spoke to or saw her children," the father said.

"She is beyond despair. She has been completely isolated from her friends and her children resulting in her having to move back home to her parents. She is not coping at all as of this week. She is refusing to leave her room and refuses to eat. We her parents feel we have no other option than to go to the media for help.

"All for the allegations of disciplining one child with an egg flip and another with a stick.

"Our daughter has been the sole carer of her children since 2011. The children have gone from a loving home to living in a caravan. …

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