The wife of a man accused of stabbing his five-year-old son blames the mental healthy system and declared she ‘still loves’ him despite the tragedy.
The 36-year-old father, who cannot be identified, was charged with the murder of his son at a Carlingford home in Sydney’s north-west on Friday morning.
The heartbroken mother said her husband of many years ‘was a sick man’ and was ‘not himself’, revealing she still loved him despite the charges he faces.
‘I work in a hospital and know only too well how poorly funded mental health is. The death of my son is the price I’m having to pay for this,’ she told the Daily Telegraph.
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I still love my partner … I need to be there to support him when no one has. He loved our son more than words can express.’
She said her son’s father had tried to get medical help up to four times in the week leading up to the alleged stabbing, but was turned away or given more medicine.
On Wednesday, he reportedly tried to voluntarily check himself into the mental health ward at Hornsby Hospital but was turned away because there were no beds.
His wife hit out at the public health care system, questioning why her alleged requests for assistance dealing with his mental stability were rejected.
‘There was no bed for my partner … yet there’s money for space in the hospital morgue for a five-year-old’s body?’ she said.
A nurse working at Hornsby Hospital claimed the father tried voluntarily checking himself in on the same day four people were stabbed at a birthday party in Asquith.
The hospital was under ‘immense stress’ as they were reportedly dealing with a separate stabbing incident two days before the fatal attack on the five-year-old boy.
‘He is a product of a broken system and we have to live with the pain for the rest of our lives,’ a friend said.
Moments after the horrific alleged attack, the child’s grandmother found the young boy in bed covered in stab wounds.
The boy’s father faced Parramatta Bail Court 24 hours later via video link from Amber Laurel Correctional Centre where it was heard the man’s family tried to find him help days earlier.
When the father appeared through video link, he seemed confused asking ‘where am I?’.
Superintendent Critchlow described the level of violence as ‘horrendous’ as investigations were still in the early stages.
‘The fact a young boy – five years of age – has died from being injured in his home, it’s probably about as bad as it gets,’ he said at the crime scene Friday.
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