A mother-of-four from the Blue Mountains in NSW is accused of poisoning her young son in 2014, causing him to be sick for years.
AAP reports the 35-year-old woman was charged last month with using poison to endanger a life after an investigation of almost three years. The woman allegedly infected the boy—aged under 10 at the time—with faecal matter.
NSW Police said the young boy was admitted to the The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2014 after he was having difficult breathing. His condition deteriorated and he developed sepsis.
The boy was removed from his mother's care and placed into another home by Family and Community Services after his condition improved, The Australian reports.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was due in Penrith Local Court today, but did not show after reportedly becoming distressed about media coverage of her arrest.
Court documents allege that the boy was ill for a number of years as a result of the mother’s actions, Nine News notes. The boy was allegedly infected via a cannula.
The woman does not have primary custody of her children and she is no longer able to visit the son she allegedly infected.