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A South Australian mother accused of neglecting her four-month-old baby so badly that he was “close to death” has been granted home detention bail.

Ebanee Coad, 30, and the child’s father were charged with criminal neglect earlier this month after an investigation by South Australia Police and the Department for Child Protection.

Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Blue on Wednesday granted Coad home detention bail, shared 7 news.

At an earlier appearance, the court heard Coad and Jeremy Neil Capper, 31, were charged after they took the boy to Port Pirie Hospital, where injuries including a fractured skull, broken ribs and bruises were discovered.

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Prosecutors said the child, who doctors described as being “close to death”, was also severely dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure because the couple had not given him food or water for several days.

The baby had to be airlifted to Adelaide for intensive treatment.

Lawyers for Coad argued she should be granted bail because she was pregnant with her fourth child and had been allowed supervised visits with her two older children.

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  • Oh no this is horrible. The other children should be taken from her. Poor baby never had a chance.

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  • That’s abuse not neglect. Appalling outcome/sentence!

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  • So sad. RIP little man.

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  • I think Neglect is not the word I am thinking. Poor baby.

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  • Oh my goodness, why would people do this to their own child!

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  • Neglect! Broken bones and bruises sounds like abuse?! I am stunned by the legal system! Defenceless children need care and protection.

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  • Sorry I don’t understand why they were charged bail when the baby wasclose to death”, was also severely dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure because the couple had not given him food or water for several days and had injuries including a fractured skull, broken ribs and bruises !
    I don’t understand that Lawyers for Coad argued she should be granted bail because she was pregnant with her fourth child and had been allowed supervised visits with her two older children. How does that make the bruises, fractured skull, broken ribs, dehydration and kidney failure because of starvation any less serious ??

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  • It is so unfortunate you need a liecence for most things but you don’t need one to have a baby
    Let’s hope both parents come good
    You know right from wrong

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  • I don’t agree with this judge. For her to deliberately not feed her four month old so that the boys kidneys have failed is an extremely criminal act in my mind. These organs won’t renew, the baby will have to be on dialysis for hours 3 times a week and hope he can get a kidney transplant later down the track. If the parents didn’t feed the boy can you imagine them taking him to dialysis For the rest of his life?

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  • Such a sad story I only hope that this woman has great support especially from the outside community in family services and the government bodies that are out there to help people in need as this woman is definitely in need of help.

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  • This is awful that poor baby and the fact she is pregnant again somehow means she should be shown some mercy she never showed her baby.

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  • I find it really hard to understand how people hurt their children so badly. Is there no support they can call for assistance? I hope the fourth child is taken into immediate state care, I imagine authorities will be waiting in the hospital. The parents should be in gaol. I can’t see how it would be beneficial for the children to have visits with her.

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  • I hope Social Services will visit them very often from now on.

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  • This is so upsetting especially when there are so many people that struggle to have children and then there are parents like these abusing them.

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  • Disgusting. Not fed for days? How inhumane can a mother be to her own child

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