No bail for mum accused of baby's stabbing death


A Melbourne mother accused of killing her 13-month-old girl with a stab wound to the throat is at risk of harming herself in custody, a court has heard.

Umal Sharif Abdurahman, 28, of Reservoir, did not apply for bail when she faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with murdering her child.

The infant's body was found at her home on Monday morning.

Abdurahman suffers from mental health issues and may be a threat to herself while in custody, the court heard.

"I have a note of a risk of self-harm ... and an undiagnosed disability illness," magistrate Timothy Bourke said during the brief hearing on Tuesday.

Abdurahman was arrested and charged in an out-of-sessions court hearing during which police said she called her husband on Monday morning and told him: "I've done something to the baby."

Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Booth told the court on Monday the accused telephoned the baby's father about 11am and he quickly left work.

On the way home, Abdurahman's husband contacted his brother-in-law and asked him to check on his wife and children, the court heard.

Police said when the brother-in-law arrived, he found Abdurahman at the front of the house with her three other children, aged two, three and four, who were not injured.

The court heard one of the children directed him inside the house, where he found the baby in a bedroom.

Det Sen Const Booth told the court the girl had suffered what appeared to be a single knife wound to her throat.

The infant was pronounced dead by emergency services.

The court heard there had been nine reported family violence incidents between the accused and her husband since 2013.

Abdurahman was remanded in custody and will return to court on September 12.

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