Woman charged over murder of baby, NSW

A woman has been charged with murder following an investigation into the death of a baby boy in the state’s Far West last year, NSW Police say.

On Tuesday 31 October 2017, a nine-month-old boy was found unresponsive at his home near Dareton, and was taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Mildura Base Hospital.

Police were told the boy’s 22-month-old brother had jumped on him.

The boy was then flown to The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, in a critical condition and, despite the efforts of hospital staff, the boy died the following day (Wednesday 1 November 2017).

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Pembrook to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 32-year-old woman at Dareton Police Station about 11am yesterday (Thursday 5 April 2018), and charged her with murder.

The woman was refused bail and appeared at Wentworth Local Court, where she was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers.

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