Murray River search for missing boy

Woman questioned after 9yo boy mauled, 5yo boy missing in Murray River

Detective Sergeant Swinton said the woman had told police of her intention to kill both children, and also allegedly told witnesses the night before that she "had to drown my babies".

Police were called to Perricoota Road near the Murray River after a nine-year-old boy was found with what police said were "serious dog bite injuries".

She was then last seen with her five-year-old son in the river, he said.

The search operation was launched involving police from Deniliquin Local Area Command, SES, and Maritime Rescue, and the Victorian police airwing.

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 appeared in a Bendigo Court in Victoria on Friday afternoon with NSW police extraditing her across the border to Deniliquin, where she was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of the nine-year-old.

"We anticipate there will another charge", the police prosecutor told the court.

The nine-year-old underwent surgery in hospital, and is now in a stable condition.

The woman turned herself in to police in Echuca, on the NSW-Victoria border, on Thursday night after she was apparently attacked by a dog at the scene of the incident.

The grandmother's lawyer, Dale Brooks, said he had made "considerable representations" to both Family and Children's Services and Corrective Services about the "imminent risk" to the boys. He was last seen drifting face down in the river, the court heard.

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The accused is said to have been living in a caravan at the back of the grandmother's property after her prison release, despite a 12-month Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) taken out against her by the grandmother in May 2016.

"The mother in this instance has been a really troubled individual, she's been a long-term ice addict", Mr Brooks told News Limited.

She had reportedly told witnesses she "had to drown my babies". However, she kept being told there was no where for the woman to go.

Detective Sergeant Swinton told the court the younger son was screaming during the incident.

Despite the grandmother taking out an apprehended violence order against the woman previous year, authorities still expected them to live together. "We want answers", said the woman's aunt, who can't be named for legal reasons.

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

"Without any communication by your office (or police) or agreement from our client, (she) was released from jail. and taken to our client's home with no regard for the AVO in place protecting our client", it read.

"I think they (the agencies) have some culpability in this case".

But there's nothing but sympathy for the 27-year-old's mother and stepfather - the grandparents of the child found dead in the river and the other in hospital in Melbourne. "The actual circumstances are unknown", Supt Condon said.

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