dglobalnews.com Boy, 5, missing in the Murray, another child savaged, woman arrested
Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Boy, 5, missing in the Murray, another child savaged, woman arrested

Boy, 5, missing in the Murray, another child savaged, woman arrested

The tragic discovery comes after the five-year-old boy went missing in the river at Moama, in the NSW Riverina region, on Thursday.

A desperate search of the river continues for his missing five-year-old brother.

Authorities launched a major search operation involving police from Deniliquin Local Area Command, SES, and Maritime Rescue, and the Victorian police airwing.

The dead boy's mother, who can not be identified for legal reasons, is facing an attempted murder charge in relation to her other son, who is nine-years-old.

A court heard Friday the woman told her nine-year-old son to get in the water, and then held his head underneath the surface.

She was charged on Friday night and will appear in court for a bail hearing on Saturday morning.

The mother, who can not be named, is expected to appear in court via videolink on Monday.

He said government agencies had "culpability" for what happened to the two boys.

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

The woman, from Deniliquin, is expected to be extradited from Victoria to NSW to face charges after handing herself in to police at Echuca on Thursday night.

He was taken to Echuca Hospital and transported to Melbourne for treatment.

Dale Brooks, a lawyer representing the boys' grandmother, told news.com.au the woman was known to local authorities as a long-time methamphetamine addict. He was last seen floating face-down in the river.

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The accused is said to have been living in a caravan at the back of the grandmother's property after her prison release, despite a 12-month Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) taken out against her by the grandmother in May 2016.

"The mother in this instance has been a really troubled individual, she's been a long term ice addict", Brooks said.

She had reportedly told witnesses she "had to drown my babies".

Detective Sergeant Swinton told the court the younger son was screaming during the incident.

The older boy was then "savagely mauled" by a dog. "We want answers", she said.

The daughter then "snatched" the children in the grandmother's auto.

Deniliquin police superintendent Paul Condon told reporters the case was "just terrible" and that it "will rock the community of Australia". Others said that while they did not know the mother personally, they knew of her and her "problems". He was rushed to a Melbourne hospital.

The couple had taken out an apprehended violence order against their own daughter in May a year ago, which required that she not "assault, molest, harass, threaten or otherwise interfere with" her mother, as well as orders that she should not approach her mother within 24 hours of consuming liquor or illicit drugs.

On Saturday morning, she was in hospital in serious condition in her hometown of Deniliquin, 77 kilometres north of the scene.

Police spoke to the 9-year-old briefly last night.

Shortly after that, police received information the boy's five-year-old brother was missing in the Murray River.

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