Mum, 20, accused of repeatedly poisoning toddler

A young mother has been arrested after allegedly poisoning her son repeatedly, including giving an overdose of epilepsy medication that nearly killed him.

Police said the 18-month-old child was admitted to hospital in January after he nearly died from an overdose on Tegretol, a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain.

The child was not prescribed these medications.

The 20-year-old woman was arrested at a home in Liverpool in Sydney’s southwest. Source: NSW Police
The 20-year-old woman was arrested at a home in Liverpool in Sydney’s southwest. Source: NSW Police

The boy’s 20-year-old mother was arrested at a home in Liverpool in Sydney’s southwest on Wednesday following an investigation from the State Crime Commands Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

In video released by police, the woman is escorted by officers into a police van wearing handcuffs and trying to cover her face with the hood of her Batman jumper.

The woman has been charged with seven counts of using poison to endanger life. Source: NSW Police
The woman has been charged with seven counts of using poison to endanger life. Source: NSW Police

She will appear in Liverpool Local Court this afternoon, charged with seven counts of using poison to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

The child has since been released from hospital and is in the care of relatives.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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