By Australian Associated Press
Published: 03:36 BST, 10 October 2019 | Updated: 03:36 BST, 10 October 2019
A single father who failed to properly feed and care for his severely disabled daughter in months before she died isn't criminally responsible for her death, a Brisbane judge says.
Ronald Gary Smith, 42, hoped moving his family from Sydney to Queensland's warmth would improve four-year-old Jade's health.
But days after arriving in Brisbane in mid-2014, her mother fled the family, leaving Smith - a former furniture removalist who didn't attend high school - to care for their daughter alone.
It was the first in a series of events that ended when Jade died of acute aspiration pneumonia and other complications in June 2015, Brisbane District Court heard on Thursday.
A post-mortem examination found Jade was severely malnourished and this had made her vulnerable to lung infection
She weighed just 8.75kg - almost half her body weight before she left NSW.
A post-mortem examination found Jade was severely malnourished and this had made her vulnerable to lung infection.
But doctors fell short of attributing her