Report on dead boy not ready

PROSECUTORS are still waiting on a post-mortem report on a nine-month-old boy ­before a murder case against his mother, Tracey Sneddon, can proceed.

Wentworth Local Court yesterday heard at least three more weeks would be needed to serve the remainder of the brief of evidence against Sneddon, with an X-ray of the child’s skull still to come.

Sneddon, 32, of Coomealla, was arrested early in April and charged with murdering her infant son Elijah Dowdy.

Elijah was found unresponsive at the family’s Coomealla property on October 31 last year and was taken by paramedics to Mildura Base Hospital before being flown in a critical condition to Royal Child­ren’s Hospital in Melbourne, where he died next day.

Sneddon made an unsuccessful bid for bail at the Broken Hill Local Court in late June.

During that bail application, prosecutors said Elijah’s fatal injuries could not have been caused by his 22-month-old brother, as Sneddon has maintained.

The court heard Elijah’s injuries included a fractured skull, bruising to his eyes and face, severe brain swelling and bleeding around the spinal cord, which prosecutors said were consistent with shaking.

Sneddon was excused from appearing at yesterday’s brief mention.

She will next face Wentworth Local Court by video link on October 2.

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