Lavington woman fights baby neglect charges in Albury Local Court

A LAVINGTON woman who allegedly starved her baby is fighting neglect charges.

The 22-year-old recently pleaded not guilty in court to allegations she failed to provide the child necessary food, causing a danger of death.

A 20-year-old man has also been charged and is in jail for unrelated matters.

The woman – who can’t be named to protect the identity of the young child – giggled and appeared to be upbeat during a hearing in Albury Local Court on Tuesday.

She was supported by two older people in court. 

The baby was four months old when it was taken to Albury Base Hospital on March 4 for treatment for serious emaciation.

Officers had been called to a Lavington house for a reported domestic violence incident. 

They were so concerned for the four-month-old’s well-being that paramedics were called. 

Police allege the baby was seriously malnourished and suffering from neglect.

None of the woman’s three children live with her, with the Department of Family and Community Services arranging care for them after the incident in March.  

The woman is unemployed but was not known to police prior to her arrest.

She sat in the courtroom wearing a dark Batman hoodie and smiled during the hearing. 

Interim court orders are in place to protect the child, who is now aged eight months old. 

The court heard there were no outstanding statements for police to gather. 

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the matter to next Friday with a date to be fixed for a hearing.