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Single dad who underfed his disabled daughter, 4, before she died weighing just 8.75kg is jailed Ronald Gary Smith, 42, failed to properly feed and care for his disabled daughter Post-mortem examination found four-year-old Jade was severely malnourished  She weighed just 8.75kg - almost half her body weight before she left NSW He was jailed for three-and-a-half years jail, eligible for parole after 14 months

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 03:36 BST, 10 October 2019 | Updated: 03:36 BST, 10 October 2019

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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

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

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