An Australian woman attempted to drown her two sons last week. The woman, who is not named in the press for an unclear reason, told police that she “had to drown my babies”. The oldest child survived, but his younger brother did not. According to reports:
Police alleged the woman took her children to the Murray River and told her eldest son, 9, to get into water before she tried to drown him.
Detective Sergeant Trent Swinton told the court the younger son, 5, was screaming during the incident. The older boy managed to struggle free when the woman turned to the younger boy. He was last seen drifting facedown in the water.
After escaping from his mum, the older boy was “savagely mauled” by a dog.
Screams were heard by people on the riverbank but they did not witness the incident, the court was told on Friday.
The woman turned herself in to police after she was attack by a dog. It is unclear whether this was a different animal, although the report states that it happened at the river. The woman apparently admitted the crimes and did not seek bail.
The boys lived with their grandmother, and there were repeated reports to the authorities about the mother’s potential violence toward her sons. The authorities ignored these reports, instead telling the grandmother that:
she would have to “put up” with her daughter living at her house until alternative arrangements were made.
The child services department claims that the accusations are false:
Michelle Micallef, acting assistant commissioner for Community Corrections, said she strongly denied most of the serious allegations against her staff.
“It appears our staff took reasonable steps to put appropriate services in place and to make alternative accommodation arrangements. We could not have foreseen this shocking outcome,” she said.
“We have conducted an initial review of the claims, and found no evidence for most of them. Some are still being investigated.”
That response is hardly atypical. One would expect the authorities to wash their hands of any responsibility for failing to prevent this travesty.
What is quite atypical is an anti-domestic violence group attacking the father of the victims. The Red Heart Campaign, a feminist-run domestic violence group, released a statement regarding the father. Continue reading