Bleach boy mother in mental unit
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.