A MOTHER accused of killing her eight-year-old son on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula just days before her birthday has been described by her neighbours as a ‘normal, lovely lady’.
Joanne Finch, 41, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning, charged with the murder of her son, Brodie Moran.
The eight-year-old boy’s little body was found at the family’s Alma Street rental property in the seaside town of Tootgarook on Thursday afternoon.
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It’s understood Ms Finch called triple-0 shortly after 1.30pm but by the time emergency services arrived, her son was already dead. Police have not yet revealed how Brodie died.
Homicide detectives are reportedly investigating whether Brodie was suffocated, according to 9 News.
Ms Finch was remanded in custody overnight and appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday morning where her lawyer told the court his client was taking antidepressant medication.
The court heard Ms Finch was required to take 150mg of the antidepressant drug Effexor per day.
The 41-year-old did not apply for bail and will reappear in court via video link on June 29.
Described by neighbours as a “very friendly lady” who “always says hello”, Ms Finch will this Saturday mark her 42nd birthday behind bars.
Just four months ago, Ms Finch shared a link to a petition on her Facebook page, calling for the retrial of a South Australian mother who escaped jail after being convicted of bashing her baby daughter.
Brodie’s father, Lee Moran, reportedly lives in Shanghai and broke his silence on social media after learning of his son’s death last night.
“I have lost the best part of me,” Mr Moran wrote.
“At the moment I feel so empty, still in shock…words cannot describe how much I love and miss my little fella.”
The Tootgarook house Ms Finch rented was listed for sale and due to be open for inspection this weekend.