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Mum charged with murdering nine-week-old son

A South Australian mother charged with murdering her nine-week-old baby will undergo a psychiatric report before her next appearance in court.

Michelle Beal was arrested and charged on Thursday over the death of her infant son Maxwell a fortnight ago.

The 40-year-old was taken to hospital under police guard and remains at the facility after her court hearing on Friday.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the family’s Woodville home on December 5 after reports of an unresponsive infant.

It’s believed the boy’s father was at work when he got the horrifying phone call and rushed home.

Michelle Beal was arrested and charged on Thursday over the death of her infant son Maxwell a fortnight ago.Michelle Beal was arrested and charged on Thursday over the death of her infant son Maxwell a fortnight ago.
Camera IconMichelle Beal was arrested and charged on Thursday over the death of her infant son Maxwell a fortnight ago.Picture: 7 News

Despite their efforts, Maxwell was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbours described the death as tragic to 7 News in the hours after the horrific ordeal.

Police initially listed the death as unexplained, with fears Ms Beal accidentally fell asleep while her nine-week-old was in the bath.

But after a post-mortem and extensive questioning of the couple over the last fortnight, Ms Beale was arrested and charged.

Ms Beal appeared in court through a bedside hearing on Friday after being admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Her counsel expressed genuine concern for the 40-year-old’s mental health with the magistrate ordering Ms Beal to undergo a psychiatric report before her next appearance on January 2.

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