Kaela Mehl had a mental disorder at the time she killed her daughter, most likely in a misguided attempt to protect her, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe testified at the Victoria Law Courts this morning.
Jeremy Mills provided opening statements in Mehl’s defence, who is charged with first degree murder in the death of 18-month-old Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl caused Charlotte’s death by feeding her the sleeping pill Zopiclone mixed in yogurt and smothering her, before overdosing from a potentially fatal dose of Zopiclone herself.
RELATED: First responders describe gruesome Victoria crime scene to jury
“At the time Charlotte Cunningham died, Miss Mehl was in an abnormal mental state,” he testified. “I came to the opinion that at the time she did have a mental disorder.”
Altruistic filicide, Lohrasbe said, can happen when a person in a time of extraordinary distress, kills their child to protect them.
More to come.