A mother of a four-month-old boy who drowned in a bathtub had sought professional help for her mental health earlier in the week.
The 32-year-old had visited a doctor days before she was found sitting in the bathroom next to her dead baby boy at her Seaborn Avenue home at Oran Park, in Sydney’s south-west, at about 4.40pm on Thursday.
Police arrested the woman before they took her to Liverpool Hospital to be treated at a mental health facility.
No charges have been made as investigators and forensic officers say it is too early to determine how or where the child died.
A mother of a four-month-old boy who was found dead in a bathtub had sought professional help for her mental health earlier in the week (pictured, mother of four-month-old boy with her family)
A man cradled a young child in his lap outside a home in Oran Park, in Sydney’s southwest, where a four-month-old baby drowned on Thursday afternoon
Pictured: A man in a grey hoodie, who was cradling the child’s body, can be seen walking among police tape on Thursday afternoon
The woman had been discovered in the bathroom by her husband before he immediately called paramedics who were unable to resuscitate the baby, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Harrowing footage captured a devastated man, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans, sitting on the ground outside of the home with a child in his arms.
He was seen rocking the child, believed to be a sibling of the deceased boy, while emergency services swarmed around him.
A medic walked over to the hoodie-wearing man and offered him a bottle of water before removing the lid so the man didn’t have to let go of the child.
A neighbour revealed the ‘cute family’ had only moved in a week before the tragedy.
‘They had just moved in last week, they seemed so lovely, two small kids… they were such a cute family, the grandparents were so nice,’ they told the Daily Telegraph.
‘We spoke a few times, said hi, then (on Thursday) I came out and found police everywhere … I held (the grandparents), comforted them as they took the baby away.’
The neighbour, who has only just moved into the suburb himself, said he had chosen the street to set up his own family home.
‘The kids from the home are so young, I just feel for the family,’ he said.
A man was seen comforting a woman as they leant on the back of a car in the residential street
Shocked neighbours gathered outside their homes as emergency response vehicles lined the street and police officers cordoned off the scene.
Another man could be seen comforting a woman as they leaned against a car in the street.
NSW police told Daily Mail Australia that the homicide squad were ‘alerted’ to the incident which is protocol for any ‘unexplained deaths’.
Oran Park, formerly home to one of Australia’s major raceways, has become a booming residential area popular with young families as more Sydneysiders move west for affordable properties.
Emergency services swarmed the home following the discovery of the four-month-old on Thursday
Emergency services were called about 4.40pm on Thursday to reports of a concern for welfare at a house in Seaborn Avenue (pictured)
Oran Park, in southwest Sydney, has become a booming residential area for young families
A neighbour said the family had only moved into the street (pictured) last week
Over the past decade, the suburb has expanded rapidly as housing developments have been pitched on the grounds of the old circuit.
Seaborn Avenue is a part of a new estate called Ascot Grove, which is touted by construction company Edgewater Homes as an ‘expertly designed and built community’.
Boasting around 250 homes, which come in similar variations of brick, and dark grey and white rendering, Ascot Grove is located close to schools and is designed to be family-oriented.
‘With a large central park and playground for the kids, you will feel a sense of community from the moment you arrive,’ Edgewater Homes states on their website.