Posted November 17, 2019 15:53:57 A backpacker has been charged with murder after killing a toddler in a bush in northern NSW.
Key points:The 21-year-old man from Melbourne has been remanded in custody for a psychiatric assessmentThe woman has been identified as the woman from the family’s home in Melbourne’s north-westThe boy was rushed to hospital but died later in hospitalThe 21 year-old backpacker was remanded to a psychiatric institution after the child died.
Police said the man from Victoria had been living in the property with his mother and his stepfather for about two months.
They said they had received a number of complaints from the community about the family and that the woman had previously threatened the couple.
“There was a confrontation that was very, very bad and I can tell you that she was extremely violent and she did make some threats towards the family,” Det Insp Mark Copley said.
“She has been known to be very violent towards her neighbours.”
We are very, really pleased with what has happened.”‘
Extremely violent’The boy’s mother said she was in tears and the woman was shouting and swearing at them.”
I can’t believe it.
It’s really hard to accept, especially when we live here,” she said.
Police have been called to the family home in North Brighouse in the north-western part of the state, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Melbourne.
The woman was remand in custody while the man was taken to hospital for psychiatric assessment.
Topics:child-abuse,neighbourhoods,law-crime-and-justice,crime,police,australiaFirst posted November 17, 2020 19:03:46More stories from Northern Australia