Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Murray River search for missing boy

Murray River search for missing boy

She faced an extradition order by video-link in a Bendigo court on Friday afternoon, when it was agreed she would be sent to Deniliquin to face a charge of attempted murder of her older son.

Police say the 27-year-old took her two boys, nine and five, to a river and tried to push them under the water before the older son was bitten by a pitbull.

The 27-year-old will appear in Deniliquin Bail Court tomorrow after being extradited from Victoria to New South Wales. The court also heard she allegedly told witnesses the night before that she "had to drown my babies".

"The mother in this instance has been a really troubled individual, she's been a long term ice addict", Brooks said.

Mr Brooks said his client blamed authorities for the tragedy because they had essentially "off-loaded" the woman, further exposing the grandmother to violence and physical harm.

The woman allegedly attempted to drown her two young sons.

But officers are still scouring the river searching for the unnamed woman's five-year-old who was allegedly seen drifting face down in the water.

A search was launched to find the missing child, who was last seen in the water.

The woman could face a murder charge, depending on how the search for the five-year-old ends.

Detective Sergeant Swinton told the court the younger son was screaming during the incident.

He sustained serious bites from a dog, which was reacting to the incident, and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Police said the woman was arrested and she was helping with their inquiries.

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On Wednesday, the 27-year-old mother - whose name can not be published for legal reasons - allegedly took the children from the home of their grandparents in Deniliquin, in southern NSW.

The odd series of events started around 7pm on Thursday, when police were called to Perricoota Road, Moama, after a nine-year-old boy suffered serious dog bite injuries.

He said government agencies had "culpability" for what happened to the two boys. "She's confused and she's upset", he told reporters.

Marine rescue NSW search the Murray River for a missing boy in Moama, NSW.

Deniliquin commander Superintendent Paul Condon was unable to confirm what role the dog played in the night's events.

"I think they (the agencies) have some culpability in this case". Others said that while they did not know the mother personally, they knew of her and her "problems". Authorities realised the boy's mother and brother were missing and began a search.

His mother turned herself in to police in Echuca, on the NSW-Victoria border, on Thursday night after she was allegedly also attacked by a dog at the scene of the incident.

She was released February 2 this year.

Thirty searchers are combing the river, with Victorian Police divers and spotter planes also taking part in the search.

"We've had a brief conversation with the nine-year-old last night and we haven't had another".

"It's devastating. My police are devastated, the community is devastated".

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