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Mother arrested after nine-year-old boy in hospital after being mauled by a dog and his five-year-old brother is feared drowned in the Murray River.

Police were called to the river at 7pm Thursday to find the nine-year-old boy in the water with serious dog bite injuries before learning his brother was missing, reports ABC news.

Police divers have been called in to search for the five-year-old this morning.

The older boy was taken to Echuca Hospital before being transported to a hospital in Melbourne for treatment.

ABC News understands the dog that bit the boy was reacting to what was happening in the water and was not a family pet.

The children’s mother, a 27-year-old Deniliquin woman, has been arrested and is helping police with inquiries.

Update 2pm

Superintendent Paul Condon on Friday said the 27-year-old woman had been interviewed by Deniliquin detectives “and they are now preparing documents for her extradition and charge of attempted murder”, reports 9 news.

Supt Condon said the woman lived in Deniliquin area and was released from jail about a month ago. He said police hoped the five-year-old boy would be found alive.

More details to come…

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  • very sad this story. you can only hope that the child that survived is doing ok now.

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  • What on earth, I hope that the 5 year old is ok. more details please.

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  • This is so sad.
    As the story unfolded, the mother tried to drown both children,
    5 year old body was found yesterday.
    May he RIP

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  • The dog was on its property and never had an issues with him with children before or attacking or attempting to attacking anyone no one else was down the river with the children or the mother so it\’s not a matter of controlling the dog ever stop to think the dog was saving the child as the mother admitted her intention was to drown both children

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  • Awful incident ! I hope and pray the 9yr old recovers well and the 5yr old will be found alive !

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  • An awful incident. God knows what really happened here. Hope and pray the 9year old recovers well and that they find the 5year old alive !

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  • How horrific for this young boy. I hope and pray his younger brother is safe.

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  • I know the dog bit the boy. Was the dog trying to get the boy out of the water?
    Where was the owner of the dog? It shouldn’t have been loose if the owner can’t control it.


    • The dog was on its property and never had an issues with him with children before or attacking or attempting to attacking anyone no one else was down the river with the children or the mother so it’s not a matter of controlling the dog ever stop to think the dog was saving the child as the mother admitted her intention was to drown both children

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  • I do hope they find the missing boy safe and well!

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