NSW Premier demands probe into handling of mother facing attempted murder charge

SUN 5 MAR 2017 

Video: A police helicopter searched the river for the missing boy on Friday. ABC

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has instructed government agencies to probe their handling of a case involving a woman police allege tried to drown her two sons in the Murray River.

Key points:

  • Police allege the woman and her sons went fishing at the Murray River
  • It is alleged she held one son under the water in an attempt to drown him
  • Police have found the body of the boy

One child survived and remains in hospital. His brother’s body was pulled from the river yesterday.

The woman, aged in her 20s, has been charged with attempted murder — and further charges are expected to be laid.

The children were being cared for by their grandmother. Her lawyer Dale Brooks said there had been several “warning signs” that authorities had “missed”.

He said the family had contacted police, the Department of Family and Community Services in NSW and the Department of Corrective Services but none had replied to their inquiries.

Police putting up blue tarps as they remove the body of a boy from the Murray River.

Ms Berejiklian said the circumstances of the woman’s case would be examined.

“We’ve asked for all of our agencies to give us urgent reports on what they knew,” she said.

“We will be instigating investigations but we will be cooperating with all the authorities to get to the bottom of this.

“This is a human tragedy of the highest proportion.”

Gladys Berejiklian delivers her NSW Budget 2016 in Parliament on June 21, 2016.

Michelle Micallef, acting assistant commissioner for Community Corrections, said she strongly denied most of the serious allegations against her staff.

“It appears our staff took reasonable steps to put appropriate services in place and to make alternative accommodation arrangements. We could not have foreseen this shocking outcome,” she said.

“We have conducted an initial review of the claims, and found no evidence for most of them. Some are still being investigated.”
Ms Berejiklian said she was “absolutely devastated” when she heard about the incident.

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family, I can’t imagine what they’d be going through at this time,” she said.

“I want to give them an assurance that we will make sure all of our agencies look into the matters as appropriately and as quickly as possible.”

The state’s Department of Family and Community Services said the incident had saddened staff.

A woman with a blurred face sits in the back of a police van.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic and difficult time,” a spokesperson said.

The mother was extradited from Victoria to NSW on Friday night and did not appear in court at Deniliquin yesterday. She was denied bail and will return to court tomorrow.

The woman and her two sons, who are under the age of 10, went fishing in the Murray River near Moama on Thursday afternoon when the incident unfolded.

The woman allegedly asked the older boy to get into the river and dunk his head in the water, an earlier court hearing was told.

External Link: Moama, the Riverina District, NSW

It is alleged she then held him under the water in an attempt to drown him.

The court was told the boy was able to wriggle free when his younger brother started screaming on the riverbank and the mother turned around.

On the riverbank, the older boy was mauled by a dog which was reacting to what was happening in the water and he was flown to Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital.

Emergency services workers in wet suits in the river.

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Author: Robbo

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5 thoughts on “”

  1. Does this mean everyone can call for a (political) probe if they are charged, instead of going before a judge and jury and do away with the law and the judiciary?

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  2. I admire the dog for intervening in this disgusting tragedy when it appears there was nobody to stop this putrid vile piece of shit from drowning her other son. I would have drown the bitch myself such a dam shame for the little tacker. This vile filth should be shot right between the eyes. Done and dusted. Too many children at risk are being murdered in Australia and its too late for an investigation pen pushers when the child is dead you incompetant fools the people that call them selves child protection workers are plain and simple useless. The system is failing and its been failing for years they dont care. Prime example Nikki Coslovich DHS in Mildura closed her case file they didnt even do a house check. Those vile grubs got away with it. We need vigilantes to track these arseholes down at night drag them out of there comfort zone and throw them to the sharks of a very high cliff. Come on bad guys out there dont waste time on the innocent ones cull the bastards that deserve it.

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