M’boro mum of four squeezes autistic son’s throat

A MOTHER who bent her autistic five-year-old son over a cabinet and squeezed his throat has fronted court.

When her son started running around the house, the Maryborough mum-of-four became agitated, Maryborough Magistrates Court heard.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to common assault, listed as a domestic violence offence, during her appearance.

The court heard the child held his throat for several hours after the incident.

Police went the child's school in relation to the matter and the boy told them what happened, the court heard.

Defence lawyer Natasha McKeough said the woman remembered getting annoyed and grabbing the child on his shoulder.

She suffered depression and had issues with her memory, Ms McKeough said.

The woman had no criminal history and was employed full-time.

Ms McKeough said the child had autism and behavioural issues.

She described the woman's actions as a "momentary lapse" in the way she dealt with the child's behaviour.

Ms McKeough said the family had moved since the incident in March and the child's behaviour had settled.

She said there were no injuries to the child and the woman was addressing the issues that led to the incident.

Magistrate Kurt Fowler said the facts presented to the court were serious but said it was to the woman's credit that she was addressing those issues.

The woman was fined $750 and no conviction was recorded.


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