A MOTHER has been charged with murdering her two-year-old son who died from “catastrophic internal injuries” after allegedly being brutally beaten at the family home in Sydney’s southwest.
The toddler was pronounced dead at Westmead Hospital on the evening of August 3 last year after he was allegedly bashed at a home in Cabramatta.
Police said the boy was unconscious when he was driven to the hospital and, despite the efforts of hospital staff, could not be revived.
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Strike Force Jillalla was setup to investigate the incident after a post-mortem examination found the toddler’s death was suspicious.
Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Park Road in Cabramatta in September and seized several items.
Following investigations, the toddler’s 27-year-old mother and her 34-year-old husband were arrested at a unit in North Parramatta yesterday.
The woman has since been charged with murder, while her husband has been charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.
The pair appeared in Parramatta Local Court today where the woman was formally refused bail and the man was remanded in custody.
In court, Magistrates Peter Feather said the autopsy on the toddler’s body found the boy died from “catastrophic internal injuries”, the ABC reported.
The judge likened the injuries to those sustained by someone who had fallen from a building or been involved in a high-speed crash.
The court heard the toddler had fractures to his skull and shoulder, as well as bruising to his lung and diaphragm, and tearing of one of his heart ventricles.
Magistrate Feather noted the fractures were believed to be about three weeks old.
The woman’s six-year-old child witnessed the alleged attack and, in a statement to police, said they saw their mother strike their little brother across the arms and legs with a belt “about a thousand times”.
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