Overdose mum to stay behind bars in SA

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A South Australian woman accused of trying to kill her son with anxiety medication – leaving him groggy and unable to feel his legs – will remain behind bars.

The woman, who cannot be named, faced Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with the attempted murder of the 11-year-old boy in August.

The court heard her mother found the pair in bed at their home, where the woman was unconscious and the boy said he could not move his legs.

The boy, who was in a “groggy state of consciousness”, was helped into the shower and an ambulance was called.

Prosecutors said a relatively new box of anxiety medication was found empty on the kitchen bench, despite instructions the boy take no more than four tablets a day.

The woman later told police she had taken some of the tablets and given some to the child “in the hope that they would both not wake”.

Defence lawyers said the accused had been seeing a psychiatrist and asked that she be released in order to receive further treatment, but prosecutors opposed all forms of bail.

Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath said it was too early to order a home detention report and remanded the woman in custody to reappear before the court next month.

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