An eight-month-old boy was allegedly starved of food and fluids for 21 hours while his mother was high on methamphetamine before he died, a court has heard.
Dexter Wilton was found dead at a home on Sonter Street at Raceview in Ipswich, south-west Brisbane, on June 21, 2019.
His mother Natalie Jade Whitehead, 36, and her partner Andrew William Campbell, 42, were charged over his murder and faced Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.
The court heard Whitehead had put her baby to sleep at 8.30pm, got high on drugs with her partner, and then checked on Dexter at 5.30pm the following day.
Judge Lincoln Crowley said Whitehead allegedly first disposed of her syringes in her neighbour’s trash before phoning triple zero, Brisbane Times reported.
‘She and Mr Campbell bathed the children, changed them into fresh nappies, and threw out the bag of rubbish [in a neighbour’s bin] with dirty baby clothing and nappies,’ Judge Crowley said.
‘[They told] the neighbour not to tell the police about it. The bag also contained dirty syringes as well as other drug paraphernalia.’
Prosecutor Matt Le Grand told the court the home was found in a ‘state of squalor’ with Whitehead holding Dexter and crying on a mattress.
The court heard an expert pediatrician had provided evidence Dexter had been malnourished for several days.
‘Whitehead must have likely known by inference that her child would likely die by lack of care,’ Le Grand said.
Whitehead was charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse, as well as six counts of failure to supply the necessities of life.
She was also charged with one count of unlawful weapon possession – the offence is unrelated to Dexter’s death.
Campbell was also charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse, as well as four counts of failure to supply the necessities of life.
Judge Crowley rejected Whitehead’s application for bail that was submitted to the court.
Whitehead and Campbell will front Ipswich Magistrates Court on July 27.