A BRITISH mother has been charged with murder after allegedly suffocating her eight-year-old son to death at their peaceful seaside home in Australia.
Joanne Finch, 41, allegedly smothered her son Brodie Moran with a pillow at their rented property in south-east Melbourne yesterday.
Brodie’s dad Lee Moran, who is also British and is currently based in Shanghai, posted a heartbreaking tribute to his “always happy” boy this morning, reports 9news.com.au.
He wrote: “Thank you to everyone that has sent well wishes.
“At the moment I feel empty, still in shock. I have lost the best part of me… words can not describe how much I love and miss my little fella.”
The family is believed to have lived in the UK before the child moved to Melbourne with his mother.
She was refused bail at a hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court where she was charged with one count of murder.
The British woman revealed in court that she requires a daily dose of antidepressant drug Effexor, reports Yahoo.
Local residents said the child lived with his mother and a man at the home, which they had rented for about a year in the city’s Tootgarook area.