A Townsville woman who killed her own mother during an argument over a phone has died.
A Townsville woman who killed her own mother during an argument over a phone has died.

Killer daughter found dead in house

A WOMAN who killed her own mother during an argument over a phone has died.

Alva Dodd, 42, stabbed her mother Ruth, 71, in the neck at her Heatley home on January 2, 2015.

Dodd was high on drugs when she started arguing with her mum, a dedicated volunteer, over a phone, when she took a knife and plunged it into her mother's neck. The knife partly severed an artery.

After she killed her mother, Dodd dropped the knife, had a shower, and drove her mum's car to someone's house, telling them she had "taken care" of one of her problems.

Heatley resident Ruth Dodd was killed in her home by her own daughter in 2015.
Heatley resident Ruth Dodd was killed in her home by her own daughter in 2015.

Dodd pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2019 and was sentenced to nine years jail.

She was released from prison last year, but Dodd was found dead on Wednesday in a Mount Louisa home.

It is understood there will be a post mortem conducted in the coming days to determine her cause of death.

Alva Dodd was found dead on Wednesday. Picture: Lowe Suzanne
Alva Dodd was found dead on Wednesday. Picture: Lowe Suzanne

During Dodd's sentence, details of how she reacted after killing her mother were revealed.

She said she needed to return to the home to clean the "stinking" mess, calling her mother a "f------ c---".

Bruises and abrasions were found on the side of Ruth's neck, with Dodd later saying she had also strangled her.

Dodd had expressed remorse a few months later saying she "loved her mother" and thought daily of the blood spurting out.

Family carry Ruth Dodd’s casket into a hearse after her funeral.
Family carry Ruth Dodd’s casket into a hearse after her funeral.

During Dodd's sentencing, defence barrister Harvey Walters said his client was "extremely remorseful" and had come from an "unfortunate childhood" with a level of antagonism between the mother and daughter.

Mr Walters said Dodd had been "hooked" on drugs at a young age when she was taken advantage of by a much older man.

Justice David North said at the time of the sentence that Dodd's moral culpability was diminished because of her mental health illness and drug abuse at the time of the killing, when drawing upon findings made by the Mental Health Court.

Ruth volunteered at Reef HQ over 18 years - the most anyone had ever given the ­organisation and was a dedicated fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Years before her death, Ruth told the Bulletin how she was living in despair after being repeatedly broken into.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636. 

shayla.bulloch@news.com.au

Originally published as Killer daughter found dead in house

Ruth Dodd was a passionate volunteer.
Ruth Dodd was a passionate volunteer.


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