British woman in Australia charged with killing boy

A British woman has been charged with the murder of a boy in Australia.

Joanne Finch, 41, was arrested at a house in the seaside town of Tootgarook, about 50 miles from Melbourne, in the state of Victoria on Thursday.

Emergency services were called at about 1.30pm on Thursday but the boy, thought to be Finch’s eight-year-old son Brodie Moran, was found dead.

According to Sky News Australia, one of the lines of inquiry reportedly being followed by police is whether he may have been suffocated.

After being charged with murder, Finch made a brief appearance at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The Age newspaper reported that she appeared dazed as she entered the courtroom and sat quietly in the dock.

Joanne Finch. Pic: Facebook

Image: Joanne Finch’s Facebook page says she is from Surrey. Pic: Facebook

During the three-minute hearing, the court heard that she had not been in police custody before and that she was taking a daily dose of an anti-depressant.

Finch’s Facebook page says she is from Ewell, near Epsom in Surrey, and works as a brand ambassador for Crabtree & Evelyn.

Brodie’s father is reported to be Lee Moran, who is from Manchester but lives in Shanghai.

He wrote on Facebook that he felt “empty” and “still in shock”, adding that he could not describe “how much I love and miss my little fella”.

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Neighbours in Tootgarook told Sky News Australia that the family had only recently moved in and that two children could often be seen playing on the trampoline outside.

Finch has been remanded in custody until her next hearing in June.

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