Mother charged after brothers found dead in river

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THE mother of two little boys found dead in a river in far north Queensland will be charged over their deaths.

Leanne Chyrsilla Eatts was arrested on Friday and expected to be charged with two counts of manslaughter.


Her sons Jhulio Sariago, 3, and Barak Austral, 5, were found submerged in Townsville’s Ross River on February 26.

The boys were captured on CCTV the previous day, wandering away from their home and walking towards the river.

Following an extensive search, their tiny bodies were found in the water at Cranbrook the next morning.

The boys were captured on CCTV, wandering away from their home. (Source: Queensland Police)

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles of Townsville’s Child Protection unit today told reporters police were pursuing manslaughter charges because there had been a “gross negligence and failure on the part of the mother”.

He said Ms Eatts was “solely responsible” for the preventable deaths of her sons.

“This is a catastrophic result for this family and it is a preventable tragedy,” Detective Miles said.

“There is no way these boys should have been left in the way they were, there is no way these young men should have been able to go down to the river … it should never have happened.”

It’s alleged the boys were regularly left unsupervised and were left alone for a “considerable amount of time” on the evening they disappeared.

“What we do know is that for a considerable amount of time there was complete inattention as to where these young boys were or where they may have gone,” Detectives Mile said.

“Certainly their deaths, under appropriate supervision and management by a parent, would have been averted.”

Ms Eatts has also been charged with trafficking a dangerous drug and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor.