Mum, 34, is charged with murdering her nine-month-old son Dexter and misconduct with a corpse after allegedly ‘neglecting the boy over a period of days’
- Paramedics found the body of young Dexter Wilton in Ipswich on June 21, 2019
- His mother Natalie Whitehead has been charged with nine-month-old’s murder
- Detectives allege his death was caused by neglect over a period of several days
- Police have urged Ms Whitehead’s former partner to come forward for inquiries
A mother has been charged with the murder of her nine-month-old son, while police have called for the woman’s partner to come forward to assist in their investigation.
Paramedics found the body of Dexter Wilton in a home on Sonter Street in Raceview, Ipswich on June 21, 2019.
His mother Natalie Whitehead has been charged with murder after his death, which detectives allege was caused by neglect over a period of several days.
Paramedics found the body of Dexter Wilton (pictured) in Ipswich on June 21, 2019
‘There have been a number of medical tests and pathology reports, we will be alleging that the cause of death was as a result of neglect,’ Queensland Police Service Detective Inspector David Briese said, as reported by Courier Mail.
The 34-year-old mother was also charged with misconduct with a corpse and six counts of failure to supply the necessities of life.
Det Insp Briese said police were pleased to press charges after an 18-month long investigation.
‘As you can understand in such matters where it involves children, we, like everyone, would like to have it solved quickly and to be wrapped up, but we have to be meticulous and step through everything, including medical reports and medical testing,’ he said.
Police have issued an appeal to Ms Whitehead’s former partner to come forward to help them with their inquiries.
Dexter’s mother Natalie Whitehead has been charged with his murder. She will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday
The 41-year-old from Bellbowrie was living with the mother at the time of Dexter’s death.
‘We’re appealing for him to come forward, we would like to speak to him further and are appealing for his assistance,’ Insp Briese said.
Police also found a torch taser in Ms Whitehead’s hone and have charged her with unlawful possession of a category R weapon.
Ms Whitehead will face Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday.