Baby boy ‘starved to death by drug-addled mum who didn’t check on him for 21 HOURS as she left tot in squalid house’


A BABY boy has allegedly been starved to death by his narco-addled mum who didn’t check on him for 21 hours as she went on a drug binge.

Eight-month-old Dexter Wilton was allegedly starved of food and fluids while his mum was high on meth before he died, a court has heard.

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Eight-month-old Dexter was allegedly starved to death by his motherCredit: Nine News
The young tot had allegedly been cut off from food and fluids

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The young tot had allegedly been cut off from food and fluidsCredit: Nine News

The tot was found dead at a home in Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane, Australia, on June 21, 2019.

His mother Natalie Jade Whitehead, 36, and her partner Andrew William Campbell, 42, were charged over his murder and faced Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

The court heard how drug-addicted Whitehead had put her son to sleep at 8.30pm, got high on drugs with her partner, and didn’t check in on the volunerable tot until 5.30om the next day.

Judge Lincoln Crowley said Whitehead allegedly first disposed of her syringes in her neighbour’s trash before calling emergency services, according to the Brisbane Times.

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“She and Mr Campbell bathed the children, changed them into fresh nappies, and threw out the bag of rubbish [in a neighbour’s bin] with dirty baby clothing and nappies,” the judge said.

“[They told] the neighbour not to tell the police about it. The bag also contained dirty syringes as well as other drug paraphernalia.”

State prosecutor Matt Le Grand told the court that the home had been found in “a state of squalor” with Whitehead holding Dexter and crying on a mattress.

The court heard an expert paediatrician who provided evidence that Dexter had allegedly been malnourished for several days.

“Whitehead must have likely known by inference that her child would likely die by lack of care,” Le Grand said.

Whitehead was charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse, as well as six counts of failure to supply the necessities of life. 

Whitehead was also charged with one count of unlawful weapon possession – an offence unrelated to her son’s death.

Campbell was also charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse, as well as four counts of failure to supply the necessities of life. 

Judge Crowley rejected Whitehead’s application for bail.

Whitehead and Campbell will front Ipswich Magistrates Court on July 27. 

Andrew William Campbell, 42, was charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse

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Andrew William Campbell, 42, was charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpseCredit: QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE
Dexter was found in his mother's arms when first responders arrived at their Brisbane home

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Dexter was found in his mother’s arms when first responders arrived at their Brisbane homeCredit: Nine News





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