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Mother allegedly tried to drown two sons in Murray River

05 March 2017

NSW police have set up Strike Force Bulletin after a nine-year-old child was mauled by a dog last night and his five-year-old-brother vanished at Perricoota Road, Moama.

The body of a five-year-old boy has been found in the Murray River.

Marine Rescue NSW, Echuca Moama Search and Rescue, Victoria Police and the SES assisted in the search.

Crews had been desperately scouring the River for a second day in the search for the boy, while his mother faces an attempted murder charge.

She has been extradited to NSW, where she will be charged and face Deniliquin Local Court on Saturday.

She was charged on Friday night and will appear in court for a bail hearing on Saturday morning.

The nine-year-old has been flown to a Melbourne hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

He said government agencies had "culpability" for what happened to the two boys.

The 27-year-old woman, who had only been released from jail a month ago, turned herself in to Echuca police on Thursday night after also suffering dog bites.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old mother - whose name can not be published for legal reasons - allegedly took the children from the home of their grandparents in Deniliquin, in southern NSW.

Lawyer Dale Brooks, representing the woman's mum who had been helping to care for the boys, said she is an "ice" or crystal meth addict who is well-known to authorities.

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"So far the search has involved searching the riverbank where [the boy] was last seen as well as using Victoria Police divers to search the river". The court also heard she allegedly told witnesses the night before that she "had to drown my babies".

He told reporters that the case was "just awful", before going on to say that "it will rock the community of Australia".

Detective Sergeant Trent Swinton told the Victorian court on Friday that the woman made full admissions to her role in the incident, and told police of her "intention to kill both children". "He requires some surgery for the dog bites and of course he's distressed; he's a nine-year-old boy".

"I was in my house at the time", she said, crying.

The 27-year-old mother with a troubled history seems more known about than really known in the town of 8000 people.

Shortly after, Brooks said the woman took the grandmother's auto, snatched the two young boys and left with a couple of her buddies.

"I think it will rock the community of Australia", he said. Others said that while they did not know the mother personally, they knew of her and her "problems".

The pair "rushed the little boy to the hospital".

A woman who lived on the property in front of the stretch of river where the tragedy occurred said she could not comprehend how it happened.

The couple had taken out an apprehended violence order against their own daughter in May previous year, which required that she not "assault, molest, harass, threaten or otherwise interfere with" her mother, as well as orders that she should not approach her mother within 24 hours of consuming liquor or illicit drugs.

Buddy the four-year-old dog.

Mother allegedly tried to drown two sons in Murray River