Two women charged after ‘severely underweight’ child drugged

TWO women are due to appear in court today charged over the alleged poisoning of a severely underweight 4-year-old boy.

The child, who is now in the care of the Department of Family and Community Services, was admitted to hospital in October suffering reduced consciousness and slurring his words.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were contacted and launched an investigation after being told by doctors that the boy had a restricted prescribed drug in his system, had previous upper limb fractures, and was severely underweight for his age.


During their inquiries, officers raided a home in the Illawarra and seized an amount of prescription medications.

Two women, aged 30 and 29, were arrested.

The 30-year-old woman was charged with use poison so as to endanger life, and fail to provide for child cause danger of serious injury.

The 29-year-old woman was charged with fail to provide for child cause danger of serious injury.

Police will allege in court the child was drugged with prescription medication not prescribed to him on numerous occasions.