Mother who neglected dying baby didn't get help due to domestic violence, court told

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A Port Pirie mother who allegedly left her four-month-old baby boy with untreated serious injuries for weeks was unable to protect her son because she was a victim of domestic violence, a court hass been told.

Ebanee Gayl Coad, 33, and her former partner Jeremy Neil Capper, 34, each pleaded guilty to the criminal neglect of their baby who was found with severe dehydration, kidney failure, broken ribs and a fractured skull.

The court previously heard the boy, who’d been suffering for weeks, was taken to the Port Pirie Hospital on September 13, 2018 where doctors found him “close to death” and he needed to be flown to the Women's and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide for intensive treatment.

At the time, the prosecutor said the pair failed to give the child food or fluids for several days.

An investigation launched by SA Police led to the charges being laid against the couple.

The Adelaide District Court on Thursday heard Coad failed to tell anyone about the risk posed to her son when she had the opportunity to speak to medical professionals and SA Police.

Her defence lawyer Chris Allen said she was a victim of domestic violence and coercive control at the hands of Capper and she didn’t have enough self confidence or worth to alert others of her personal situation, finding it “nearly impossible to escape”.

He said her other children were also victims that faced potential risks.

“She accepts there were opportunities to report (her son’s) abuse and she failed to take those,” Mr Allen said.

“She has already suffered significantly. She hasn’t seen her children since February 2020 … this woman needs help.”

The lawyer said a psychologist believed Coad’s lack of maternal infant bonding, her feeling overwhelmed, poor coping responses, mental health difficulties and the coercive controls meant she had an “inability” to take steps to protect the baby.

He said his client told two psychologists she knew her child wasn’t safe but despite her best efforts wasn’t able to protect him.

Mr Allen also said Coad knew the baby hadn’t been feeding properly for weeks and noticed his condition rapidly decline in September 2018.

But she wasn’t aware of the seriousness of his illness or of his broken or fractured bones until tests were conducted.

The lawyer said his client stood up to Capper by messaging her grandmother about the baby being sick and action needing to be taken.

“If she hadn’t taken control at that stage, this little boy would have died,” he said.

“She is remorseful … She has experienced great anguish. She is a mother who is riddled with guilt.”

Mr Allen asked Judge Liesl Chapman to consider handing down a suspended jail term for Coad that had the condition that she receive psychiatric and psychological help.

Mr Capper’s lawyer said he was not ready to make sentencing submissions for his client.

During the proceedings, the prosecutor successfully argued to have Capper’s bail revoked.

Capper and Coad are due to reappear in December.

Mother who neglected dying baby didn’t get help due to domestic violence, court told

Camera IconThe pair arrived at the courthouse together before Capper’s bail was revoked and was remanded in custody. NCA NewsWire / Naomi Jellicoe Credit: News Corp Australia

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