Mother from Ewell charged with murdering her own son after body found in her home

March 9, 2018
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A mother from Surrey has been charged with the murder of a young boy in Australia .

Joanne Finch, 41, was arrested on Thursday (March 8) after police recovered the body of an eight-year-old boy, believed to be her son, Brodie Moran.

A Facebook account believed to belong to Finch, states she is from Ewell, near Epsom, and works as a brand ambassador for US home care retailer Crabtree Evelyn.

Finch was charged with murder when she appeared at an initial hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday (March 9). She did not apply for bail and will remain in custody until a further hearing in June.

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Victoria Police said they were called to a house in the town of Tootgarook, 80km south of Melbourne, at around 1.30pm local time (2.30am GMT).

When they arrived, they found the body of an eight-year-old boy and arrested Finch.

Finch’s relationship with the boy was not mentioned in court, but neighbours told the local ABC News station that Brodie was her son and his father “worked overseas.”

A man thought to be Brodie’s father Lee Moran, from Manchester, posted a tribute on Facebook thanking well-wishers for their thoughts and stated he couldn’t describe “how much I love and miss my little fella.”

Joanne Finch was arrested by Victoria Police on Thursday
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Mr Moran said he was “empty” and “still in shock” after losing “the best part of me.”

Teddy bears, flowers and handwritten messages have been placed against a “for sale” sign in front of the family home.

The Facebook account believed to belong to Finch, shows she previously signed a petition for the retrial of a mother who escaped jail with a $500 (£280) fine after pleading guilty to beating her infant daughter with a spoon.

Finch, who will turn 42 on Saturday (March 10), was remanded in custody pending a further hearing in June.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/mother-ewell-charged-murdering-son-14391287


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