A woman has admitted that she locked her seven-year-old son in a car at Brunswick Heads after the boy was allegedly assaulted by a man.
The 45-year-old cried quietly in Byron Local Court on January 11 as she pleaded guilty to charges of leaving a child in a vehicle causing emotional distress, and leaving a child in a vehicle impairing health.
Police say they found the distressed child locked in the car on December 27. He was allegedly suffering from a number of injuries and had to be hospitalised.
Witnesses told police that, shortly before he was locked in the car, the boy was dragged and kicked by a man, causing him to fall to the ground.
The man, 43, and the 45-year-old woman – both from Boorowa in southern NSW – were arrested shortly after.
The man was subsequently charged with two counts of assault, stalking, and leaving a child in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress and impairing health.
Byron Local Court heard that the woman is now staying at a women’s refuge in the town of Young, and has an AVO against the man.
The child has been taken from his mother and is in emergency accommodation.
The woman will be sentenced in Young Local Court on Fenraury 2.