Mother: "You can’t take my children. I’m going to kill you”

Debbie Jane Olsen.
Debbie Jane Olsen.

A WOMAN with hepatitis C lost her temper and bit a child safety officer during a supervised visit.

The bite broke skin on the woman officer's hand and she spent six months undergoing tests before being given an all clear.

Debbie Jane Olsen had been on probation for 11 days when she committed the offence.

The then 43-year-old has four children, all of whom are in the care of the Department of Communities, the District Court in Mackay heard.

Olsen was having a "supervised access visit" with her two youngest children, aged five and six at the time, at Iluka Park when she became upset that her daughter wouldn't wear clothing she gave her, Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said.

A child safety officer, who was present, tried to calm Olsen, but she began swearing and threatened to kill her in front of the children.

The officer told the woman the visit was cancelled and called a second officer for assistance when Olsen wouldn't release her daughter.

Olsen said: "You can't take my children. I'm going to kill you." At which point, the second officer attempted to phone police.

Olsen lunged at the woman and bit her on her left hand, breaking the skin and drawing blood, Mr Manttan said.

The assaults occurred on March 9 last year. The court heard Olsen had been barred from seeing her children for about six months as a result.

Olsen's defence barrister, Philip Moore, instructed by Legal Aid Queensland, said Olsen was remorseful and embarrassed by her actions.

The court heard Olsen, now 44, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has a substantial history of drug-related matters.

She has no previous history of violence.

Mr Moore said Olsen's "maternal instincts" caused her to overreact.

Judge Michael Shanahan said: "She lost her temper. She behaved abysmally in front of (her) children."

Olsen pleaded guilty to serious assault charges.

She was jailed for six months, which was wholly suspended for one year.

Topics:  court crime health hepatitis c jail police

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