Aunt, 35, ‘murdered’ four-month-old niece she was raising after twin’s death

A WOMAN has been charged with murdering her four-month-old niece that she was raising after her twin sister died.

Sandra Leigh Houston’s, from Brisbane, Queensland niece died after she was rushed the hospital with life-threatening injuries last month.

Sandra Leigh Houston has been charged with murdering her four-month-old niece
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She was transferred to Queensland Children’s Hospital in a critical condition and died the next day on November 20.

The 35-year-old appeared in Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the preliminary hearing.

Robert Burns, her lawyer, told the court that Houston was “fairly distraught” over her niece’s death.

Burns said that Houston was the baby’s aunt and that she was raising her after her twin sister died.

Houston started taking care of her niece after her twin sister died
Houston started taking care of her niece after her twin sister died
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Details about the baby's death were not revealed
Details about the baby’s death were not revealed
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He told the court she should be released on bail.

He said: “She is fortunate that she does have plenty of family support, her husband and the parents and the rest of her family are very supportive of her.

“I’m always hopeful for bail. She has good grounds for bail.”

He has not revealed how the baby died or when an application for bail will be made.

Houston, 35, is at the watch house until her next court appearance
Houston, 35, is at the watch house until her next court appearance
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The sister, who have been dressing alike since childhood (bottom left and right)
The sisters have been dressing alike since childhood (bottom left and right)
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Burns said he did not have enough information for a case, but that it would centre around “the untimely death of the child”.

He added: “We haven’t received all of the police material; in fact order will be made on Thursday for that, so we will see.”


Houston will remain in custody at the watch house until she is due back in court on Thursday.

Burns is expected to apply for more police material before she is applied for bail at the Brisbane Supreme Court.

In family photos, Houston and her sister wear matching outfits as social media posts revealed they shared a close bond.


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