A young woman has been charged after her four-month-old son was allegedly found in an emaciated condition.

The baby boy was found by officers responding to a reported domestic violence incident, NSW Police said.

Police were called to the home in the NSW-Victorian border town of Albury at around 11.45pm on March 4.

They found three children in the house in Lavington – the infant, a 17-month-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, reports Daily Mail.

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They were so concerned for the well-being of the four-month-old they immediately called paramedics to the scene.

He was taken to Albury Base Hospital where he was admitted.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation.

On Tuesday, they arrested the 22-year-woman and took her to Albury Police Station.

She has been charged with failure to provide for a child causing danger of death and was granted conditional bail to appear in Albury Local Court on May 15.

Police allege the infant was suffering from neglect and was seriously malnourished as a result.

Care for all three children has been arranged by the Department of Family and Community Services.

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  • that is very sad that people do this and they just don’t care about their kids. not everyone can just have kids and those children never asked to be born.


  • This makes me so upset as I was a young mum. I had 2 little ones under 2 when I was 22 and a working husband to look after. I made that choice so I put my heart and soul into my responsibilities at such a young age and I’m so proud of my work and my children who are preteens now. I feel sorry for this young lady and her children, she should know better. I hope they all heal quickly. xo


  • When I read these stories, I’m always amazed at how they managed to have gone undetected for so long. Where are the neighbours, family members, friends, people on the street, in shops. Someone must have seen and ignored this baby’s plight


  • Such a terrible thing to hear about. I notice there is no mention of the domestic abuse that the police were called to. I wonder if that had anything to do with her situation. Even so the children need to be looked after by someone who will always put them first. I hope the infant will recover and all the children will flourish from here on.


  • The authorities need to investigate how this situation started. I wonder if there is financial difficulties or whether the Mum or Dad or somebody in the house eats all the food. (this happened in a family I knew many years ago the Dad ate most of the food. the Mum struggled to feed 3 small children and enough for herself to have the energy to care for the children). Has she simply starved them or is there an underlying medical issue to? An autoimmune disease that hasn’t been diagnosed? One of them people struggle to gain weight, their bodies don’t absorb and retain iron levels. Their bodies react to some grains.


  • Sad. Hope the kids recover well and will be placed together in a loving family where they heal from their trauma.
    Hope mum will be well looked after too.


  • hopefully the little boy makes a full recovery and all the children are looked after. It must have been a horrible situation for all involved from what is documented in the article


  • I hope these children are looked after properly.


  • It sounds like she wasn’t in a great situation either – intervention could make all the difference.


  • These are always such sad cases.


  • How sad, glad though he is now with someone to take of them!


  • I’ll take him! It is good to hear about them getting to a child before the worst happens though.


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