Women who kill violent partners or parents held responsible for accidental child deaths could face mandated sentences

Moves to broaden the definition of murder in Queensland could have “dire and unintended consequences” for women who kill their abusive or violent partners, or for parents who “leave the pool gate open”, lawyers have warned.

The state government introduced new laws in February that would change the definition of murder, following media and public outrage after a string of cases in which child killers were convicted of manslaughter and received relatively light prison sentences.

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