Section 21 Crimes Act 1900 | Child Murder by Mother Verdict of Contributing to Death etc


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Section 21 of the Crimes Actsays that if you are the mother of a child that passes away, and you are found to have done something during the child’s delivery or after it has been born to contribute to its death, you can face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

Section 20 says that you can only be charged under section 21 if the child has been fully born and breathed.

The Legislation

Section 21 of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Child Murder by Mother Verdict of Contributing to Death etc, reads as follows:

21 Child Murder by Mother Verdict of Contributing to Death etc

Whosoever, being a woman delivered of a child is indicted for its murder, shall, if the jury acquit her of the murder, and specially find that she has in any manner wilfully contributed to the death of such child, whether during delivery, or at or after its birth, or has wilfully caused any violence, the mark of which has been found on its body, be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Being charged with the murder of a child can be an extremely distressing and emotional experience.

However, with the help of our highly experienced criminal defence team, you can fight the charges to prove your innocence and secure a verdict of ‘not guilty.’

With over 15 years experience defending some of the most complex murder cases, we pride ourselves on our ability to obtain outstanding results in these extremely difficult cases.

Our senior lawyers, who have a wealth of experience winning these types of cases, can advise you of your options when it comes to fighting the charges, or seeking a lenient penalty from the court.

We will dedicate the time and effort to thoroughly examine all the evidence to find problems with the prosecution case – where issues are found, we can push to have the charges dropped outside of court, saving you time and money.

If the matter proceeds to a criminal trial, our experts will fight hard to protect your innocence by raising all possible defences to the charges and presenting all evidence that supports your case in a compelling manner.

Alternatively, if you simply want to accept the charges against you, our expert defence team can help you get the best possible outcome in your case by pushing to have the charges downgraded to a less serious charge.

So call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference to find out how we can help you defend your child murder case.