A crowd-funding page set up by the father of a five-year-old boy who was allegedly drowned by his mother is facing fierce abuse.

The young boy’s nine-year-old brother remains in a serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after he survived the incident in Moama, in the Riverina district of NSW, on Thursday.

Police allege the boys’ mother held her sons’ heads underwater, killing the younger boy, while the older boy escaped.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in the name of the boys’ father with the aim of raising $5000, reports SMH.

He said he was “desperately wanting to get to my boys but sadly am not in a situation where I can afford to get to them, any donations to help assist Me in getting a flight down to my sons would be greatly appreciated … ”

Critics have questioned the motives of the fundraising effort.

“16 hour drive mate, if you had left Friday, you’d be there already,” one person wrote on the page.

Another said she wouldn’t “donate my toenail clippings to you”.

“You didn’t bother about ever seeing your son in the time he was alive and now you need $5000 to go and say goodbye to him. That dear little boy needed a dad when he was alive … ”

One man commented: “Taking advantage of this tragic situation is abhorrent.”

On Facebook, the boy’s father later said a family member from Western Australia had “reached out and paid for a flight”. He said the GoFundMe money would go toward his surviving child “and my child I have to bury”.

Mother formally charged

The mother handed herself in to police at Echuca on the Victorian side of the river about 10pm on Thursday, police said.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has today been formally charged with murder.

The grandparents of the boys earlier said they were struggling to come to terms with the loss following the tragic incident last Thursday.

Police divers discovered the younger boy’s body in a section of the river near the town of Moama – in New South Wales near the Victorian border – about 11.35am on Saturday.

A lawyer for the boys’ grandparents, Dale Brooks, says the family was devastated, reports 9 news.

“They are simply heartbroken,” he said last night.

Mr Brooks said the grandparents had rallied behind their older grandson, who remains in a stable condition at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

He was injured after a dog tried to intervene in the alleged attack, allowing him to run off.

The woman did not appear via video-link as expected at the Deniliquin Local Court this morning. The magistrate also requested the accused undergo a psychiatric assessment.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said a full-scale investigation into how authorities handled the matter will be launched.

The mother is due back in court on May 2.

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  • well either way this was still a sad situation. poor kids, they were important! now that child has a big trauma to overcome


  • Very distressing story. My thoughts go out to the older brother.


  • Not sure about all this.


  • Not sure what to think about the trolls- I think naturally these days we tend to be sceptical and there are so many out there who would try to take advantage. If the man is legitimately trying to make amends its a shame that he’s copped such abuse at this time, but at the same time I can see why people would jump to conclusions.


  • This is rarely concerning. I don’t know the full story but he seems not to have been his child’s life. It should not be so easy to set up a Go Fund Me page, I think. He was not the carer of either child and I’m sure I read somewhere that he hadn’t seen his second son. The father, whilst probably distressed, needs to be shut down. The Grandparents need help.


  • I can barely put words together to explain how I feel about this. So disgusting! I can’t imagine the terror those poor children felt at the hands of someone who should love and protect them always. Heartbreaking


  • Poor children, attacked by their own mother. Imagine your last moments alive facing your mom drowning you, the fear and then losing life. Horrendous !! And then the 9year old facing this, realizing the parent you trust the most becomes the most dangerous person ever, fighting for his own life, able to escape because of a dog…. traumatized, a life ripped apart.
    I hope and pray the 9yr old receives all the support and help he need to recover from this trauma and that he may be surrounded by good, sincere, trustworthy and loving people for many years to come.


  • Oh my goodness. I was in Echuca that day and was going to go to Moama to the Woolworths there as it’s more convenient than the one in Echuca and has the fuel station and newsagency with beanie boos etc. I didn’t end up going though as I just decided to go home after shopping at Big W. I had to get back before 2pm. Can’t believe it. Just…..Worst nightmare.


  • R.I.P. young one and I am praying for your brother …may he get help and support and heal in time. xx


  • This is such a sad and tragic news story and no doubt many facts will only ever been known once in court. My heart goes out to the surviving brother.


  • Just so so dad , the surviving boy , will have live with the trauma for a long time , I hope he gets well and RIP little one ????


  • I suspect the dog was trying to save the boy and get him away from his Mother. It may even have grabbed the boy instead of the Mother, or may have thought the boy was hurting the Mother. The Mother pushed both of boys heads under the water. Shame the dog can’t talk and tell its side of the story. I am wondering when the father was actually notified about the incident. I personally know of a case where a guy was badly bashed and taken to hospital. His photo of him on the ambulance stretcher was on the local TV news before the parents were notified. His sister recognised him and they called the Hospital. Initially the hospital tried to deny it until they were informed they had seen the evidence on TV. They didn’t just say they weren’t able to release any information. The Police didn’t try to contact the parents for over an hour afterwards. The guy had full ID and emergency contact details in his wallet. They had got details out of his wallet before he was put in the ambulance. I also know the owners of a farm which was almost completely destroyed. A friend let them know, not CFS who are supposed to send messages to owners involved. I’d definitely like to know when the Dad was actually notified.


  • What a low life if he has ulterior motives for this go fund me page. A pity he wasn’t more involved with his boys before this happened, it could have saved them. I’m hearing different stories about the dog though. There’s a petition on Facebook to save him as he’s been marked to be put down over the incident. But I heard he saved the 9 yo :/ Does anyone know the full story about the dog? Did he attack or was he intervening on behalf of the boy?


  • Such a sad situation, I don’t agree with people expecting money all the time with these go fund me pages but some circumstances warrant it


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