Search for child continues, woman arrested - Moama

Friday, 03 March 2017 12:03:04 PM

Police are expected to apply for the extradition of a woman from Victoria as the search continues for a child in the Murray River in the state’s south.

About 7pm yesterday (Thursday 2 March 2017), police were called to the Perricoota Road, Moama, after a nine-year-old boy was located with serious dog bite injuries.

He was taken to Echuca Hospital before being transported to a hospital in Melbourne for treatment.

Police also received information that another child, a five-year-old boy, is missing in the Murray River at Moama.

A search operation was launched involving police from Deniliquin Local Area Command, SES, and Marine Rescue NSW, and the Victorian police airwing. This search was suspended about 11pm, but is expected to resume about 8am today, and will also involve Victoria Police divers.

About 10pm, a 27-year-old woman, who is the children’s mother, presented herself to police at Echuca in Victoria. She was admitted to Echuca Hospital and received treatment for a dog bite. She has since been released and is assisting detectives from Deniliquin Local Area Command with their inquiries. It is expected NSW Police will be applying for her extradition.

Deniliquin Local Area Commander Superintendent Paul Condon said no other parties were being sought in relation to this matter.

“The dog belongs to a local family and police and emergency services were contacted by a local resident,” Superintendent Condon said.

“Contrary to rumours, the dog was not set on the child. This has been an extremely traumatic scene for all the first responders involved and welfare support is being offered.’’

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.