Nine-year-old boy injured when his younger brother died in an alleged drowning by their mother remains in hospital two months after the tragedy.

In March the boy and his five-year-old brother were driven to the Murray River in Moama, NSW, where their 26-year-old mother allegedly attempted to murder them. None of the family can be named for legal reasons.

A dog which lived at a nearby property mauled the boy while intervening to pull him from the water. The boy’s five-year-old brother was found dead two days later.

The nine-year-old boy remains in hospital and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, reports Sydney Morning Herald.

The boy needed reconstructive surgery on his limbs after being mauled by a pitbull, called Buddy, that then attacked the mother.

The mother did not apply for bail in Deniliquin Local Court on Tuesday and it was formally refused, shares Daily Mail.

Her lawyer told the court she faced additional charges of possessing two grams of cannabis.

The 27-year-old mother has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The case is due back in court on July 4 when the mother is due to appear via videolink.

The lawyer of the family, Dale Brooks, said previously that the boy was struggling with the events.

The boys grandparents had been raising him and his five-year-old brother before the tragedy and had taken an AVO out against the mother last year.

Police will allege the mother stayed in a caravan near where the children were staying and took them to the river for the attempted drowning.

Read more on this story – Mum to be charged with attempted murder of her two sons

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  • this dog breed needs to get regulated. poor kids don’t deserve this happening to them and getting scarred for life


  • This is such a tragic tale. Do hope this young man will finally recover and not be too traumatised.


  • This is such a tragic story and I hope this young boy gets every possible help, support, love and care as he recovers. I can only imagine the trauma this young boy is enduring.


  • Imagine your mom trying to kill you !!
    This could have such huge and damaging effect on this boy on his self esteem for the rest of his life that he developes fear and compulsions for the rest of his life and suffers in relational contacts.
    Bless him ! My thoughts and prayers go out to him.

    • I think btw that the dog deserves a medal !!
      After trying to safe the boy, it attacked the mother….what an intuition !!


  • I’m not suprised that the poor boy is suffering ptsd.
    I can’t even begin to imagine what he went through and is still going through.
    My thoughts are with him


  • My thoughts are with this young lad and pray he recovers soon and that he gets all the help he needs now and in the future.


  • The dog was probably trying to save the boy and had sharp teeth which injured the boy in separating him from his brutal Mother. If the dog realised what he/she did, dogs have feelings too. Imagine the impact that they dog would have flet too. This is one case which I don’t think the dog deserves to be killed unless it is physcologically effected by what it did.


  • Wishing the young boy all the best for the future and l hope he recovers soon.


  • It makes me so angry how preventable this was!


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