Not a single physical evidence binds a mother to the terrible alleged crime of poisoning her sick young son with feces as a patient in a Sydney hospital, a court heard.
When a special hearing in NSW District Court closed on Friday, mother’s attorney Pauline David said investigators “did something wrong” when they took the floor of Professor David Isaacs who ruled on E. coli. found in the boy’s blood was intentionally introduced.
Ms. David told the court that the nine-year-old boy himself denied in an interview that his mother injected anything into his IV and told the police, “she is nice” and “does anything” for him.
Camera iconThe mother said she was shocked by the allegations. NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles Photo credit: News Corp Australia
Police claim the unnamed woman injected feces into a cannula during the boy’s six-week stay at Westmead Children’s Hospital in 2014.
She had taken him to the hospital on September 2nd after he collapsed in her home, but the doctors struggled to diagnose what was wrong with him.
During his stay, the boy, who was struggling with severe asthma, became extremely unwell and suffered from fever, delirium, and rigor – or tremors.
The Crown case depended on the discovery of the bacteria in a blood culture sample in late September 2014, and evidence from affected nurses hearing the distressed child asked his mother, “Why are you poisoning me?” During an emergency response.
Camera iconThe woman was before a hearing that lasted five days. NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles Photo credit: News Corp Australia
The court heard that the woman, a mother of four, always vehemently denied the allegations and described them as “gross” while those close to her told investigators that she was a “good mother”.
Throughout the hearing, the emotional woman sat next to family members in the back of the court, petting a stuffed animal wombat.
In her closing address, Ms. David said those who knew her client “felt that she did not and was unable” to deliberately infect their son.
The woman’s ex-husband also said the same during his police interview on October 3, 2014, Ms. David said, telling officers she loved her son and would never harm him.
Ms. David said the 39-year-old woman had no idea what she was accused of when she was first interviewed by family and community services and introduced as someone who was “honest” and “open”.
When the police searched the woman’s pockets, they did not find any syringes or fecal samples, and she had no opportunity or reason to throw away evidence beforehand, the court heard.
Camera iconThe boy was a patient at Westmead Children’s Hospital. AAP IMAGE / Jordan Shields Photo credit: News Corp Australia
She even raised the positive E. coli. Test with child protection officer as she was concerned about her son’s treatment, Ms. David said.
In one of three interviews with investigators, she claimed her child was being taken away “because of a damn doctor saying things that are not true.”
“I think someone is crammed and it’s the poor old mother who gets the blame,” she said.
Ms. David said the woman was “a person to be believed, a person who has tried to do their best all the way, and there is no reason you would not accept her refusal”.
“There is no reason to refuse it. There is no other evidence, ”she said.
In the boy’s interview, he asked about his mother several times and told the officers, “She would not inject anything,” the court heard.
“No, nobody put anything in my cannula. Not the nurses, not my mother, ”he told the police.
Camera iconThe woman will find out her fate next week. NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles Photo credit: News Corp Australia
The boy said his brain became “very funny” when he accused his mother of poisoning him. The court had previously heard that he was high in morphine at this point.
Ms. David said Professor Isaacs enforced his intentional infection theory despite several alternatives, and FACS and police joined in.
Other explanations included that the blood sample was inadvertently contaminated when it was drawn, that the laboratory was contaminated, and that feces were also accidentally passed on from a visiting young relative.
“There is no justification for this case to come to the position we are in,” said Ms. David.
“In my opinion, they got it wrong. There is no evidence to justify or establish that the accused committed this crime. “
At the end of the hearing, Judge Justin Smith reserved his sentence and will give a verdict on Tuesday next week.