A woman will face court today charged over the alleged repeated poisoning of her young child in Sydney’s south west.
In January, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation after an 18-month-old boy was treated for a near-fatal overdose of a prescription medication.
Police were allegedly told the child was admitted to Sydney Children’s Hospital in January with high levels of Tegretol in his system. The boy was not prescribed the medication at that time.
Following an extensive investiagion, a 20-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested earlier today.
The woman was taken to Liverpool Police Station and charged with seven counts of using poison to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.
Police will allege in court the woman administered the drug to the child without a current prescription and contrary to medical instruction.
The child has since been released from hospital and is currently in the care of relatives.
The woman has been refused bail.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.