Toronto Sun

November 4, 2001

Murder bid probed

Attempt to kill son may have been second try

By IAN ROBERTSON -- Toronto Sun

A Niagara Falls mother accused of trying to drown her son, 6, in a bathtub is being investigated on allegations she made a similar attempt on his life six years ago, police say.

The woman, 27, whose name has not been released to protect her children's identities, was charged last Friday with the attempted murder of her son, Niagara Regional Police Det.-Sgt. Paul Granton said.

Her relatives and St. Catharines General Hospital staff reported the incident after the youngster was brought in with water in his lungs, police said.

The mother is accused of holding him under the water, then freeing him.

After calling relatives from her Eastwood Cres. home in downtown Niagara Falls, she tried to electrocute herself in the bath, police claim.

A subsequent investigation revealed an incident of physical abuse against the child in March 1996, when he was a year old, Granton said.

That alleged assault, which Granton said "had similarities to (the) current attempt murder charge," was not reported to the police.

The woman's daughter, 3, is being cared for under a social services order. Her mom, who is now charged with assault causing bodily harm in the 1996 case, remains in custody pending a bail hearing.

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