Perth mother Brooke Lucas charged over allegedly giving bleach to her baby son  01/12/2019 23:41:00 

Perth mother charged after allegedly feeding her baby bleach

Perth mum Brooke Lucas and her son.

Perth mum Brooke Lucas and her son.Credit:Facebook

A Perth mother has been charged over feeding her chronically ill baby son bleach.

Brooke Evelyn Lucas, 26, faced court in Perth on Saturday, charged with unlawful intent to kill or endanger human life.

Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad say she attempted to poison her 13-month-old son on December 29, just five days after he was discharged from the Perth Children's Hospital.

Her baby was born 14 weeks premature and suffers from Pierre Robin syndrome, a condition which affects a baby's ability to breath and eat, requiring 24-hour care.

The boy required a feeding tube in his throat.

He was rushed to the Perth Children's Hospital to be treated for poisoning, however, he has since been discharged.

Ms Lucas will remain in custody until she appears again on Monday.

The baby had spent his life in and out of hospital and Ms Lucas regularly posted updates on his condition to social media.

On Christmas Eve Ms Lucas wrote that her baby had been discharged from hospital, calling it a "Christmas miracle".

"I am in tears after he was so sick Friday and Saturday that he needed to be admitted into hospital. Doctors think he had bronchitis. But has bounced back better than ever," she posted.

On December 28, just one day before allegedly attempting to kill her son, Ms Lucas posted pictures of her baby and his older sister at a local water park.

Friends commented on how healthy the boy was looking.

Pierre Robin syndrome is not a terminal illness and, according to resources from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, most babies outgrow the severe breathing problems as their airways grow.

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