Bleach boy mother in men­tal unit

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hampton and Monique Dirksz

A Perth mother ac­cused of try­ing to mur­der her se­ri­ously ill baby boy by pour­ing bleach into his feed­ing tube was re­manded to a se­cure psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity yes­ter­day for men­tal health treat­ment.

Po­lice al­lege Brooke Eve­lyn Lu­cas tried to poi­son her 13month-old son William, who was born with Pierre Robin se­quence, a con­di­tion that needs round-the-clock care, on De­cem­ber 29.

It is be­lieved Ms Lu­cas al­legedly poured a pow­er­ful clean­ing­grade bleach into William’s for­mula, which was then drip-fed through the tube into the baby’s stom­ach. William also breathes through a tube.

The 26-year-old El­len­brook mother was pre­vi­ously charged with un­law­ful in­tent to kill or en­dan­ger hu­man life, but the charge has since been amended to at­tempted mur­der.

Ap­pear­ing from cus­tody in Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day for the sec­ond time since she was charged on Fri­day, Ms Lu­cas was vis­i­bly dis­tressed.

Af­ter read­ing a re­port by nurses who as­sessed her men­tal health, Mag­is­trate Tanya Watt re­manded Ms Lu­cas to the se­cure Fran­k­land Cen­tre at Gray­lands Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The West Aus­tralian un­der­stands William was still in a stable con­di­tion in Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal last night.

On Christ­mas Eve, five days be­fore Ms Lu­cas al­legedly tried to kill her son, the mother posted on Face­book that the boy had been dis­charged from PCH af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for bron­chi­tis.

“It’s a Christ­mas mir­a­cle,” she wrote.

Brooke Lu­cas with William.

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