By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia
Published: 08:47 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 08:47 BST, 9 September 2020
It's the most basic of parental duties but the mother of a Sydney five-year-old allegedly beaten to 'within an inch of his life' is accused of a hideous betrayal.
Daily Mail Australia can exclusively reveal grim details of the case against a Cabramatta mum, 31, who was found with her injured son at home late last month.
Court documents reveal the mother, who cannot be named, is accused of failing to get her son 'appropriate medical attention'.
That's after he had allegedly suffered 'significant and persistent physical harm and abuse' over a period of up to two months.
The details of how police allege the mother let the boy down can be revealed as she was hit with a fresh charge on Wednesday of intentionally wounding the boy.
Her boyfriend, 20, has been accused of the same offence, with police to allege in court that he beat the child with a stick or wooden pole.
The injured boy is pictured with his parents on his second birthday. The mother and father have long been estranged from one another
A picture, which a source said was uploaded years ago, has been leaked from the woman's social media pages. It prompted a friend to ask 'what's happened with his face?'
'House of horrors': Police were called to the mother's home in Cabramatta after a commotion on Friday August 28