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WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

An exhausted Miranda Hebble put her two young sons in the shower and closed the bathroom door.

She fell asleep and woke up about 10 hours later to find water overflowing from the shower - and both boys dead.

The West Australian coroner is examining the deaths of Lochlan James Stevens, aged two, and Malachi Isaac Stevens, 10 months, who died in November 2008.

Ms Hebble, then aged 22, was caring for her sons alone in Perth while the boys' father Christopher Stevens, then aged 23, was working on a fly-in fly-out basis.

The couple have since separated.

Counsel assisting the inquest, Kate Ellson, said Ms Hebble had no history of mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse.

The little boys died in November 2008.

She was a quiet person and had been struggling with sleep because of Malachi's restlessness.

Constable Daniel William Herbert O'Rourke testified that in February 2008 he was called to an incident in which Malachi had been left in a car while Ms Hebble returned a DVD to a store.

The baby, then five weeks old, was hot, crying, sweaty and red in the face when he was pulled from the car, he said.

Ms Ellson said in her opening address that on November 7, Lochlan had smeared faeces from his nappy on floors, walls and Malachi's cot, so their mother took the boys into the shower.

She left to fetch something but passed out or fell asleep, the court heard.

When she woke up 10 hours later, she found Malachi floating in the shower on his side, with bruises on his cheek.

Miranda Hebble cuddles her youngest son Malachi Isaac Stevens.

Lochlan was lying on the bathroom floor with blood coming from his mouth and had a scratch on his forehead and a mark on his stomach, Ms Ellson said.

In a call to emergency services, Ms Hebble said, "I passed out and the plug in the shower got plugged up ... and the shower filled up ... and they're not breathing. They're dead."

The boys were pronounced dead at two o' clock the following morning.

A post mortem examination could not reach a definitive conclusion, but indicated drowning may have caused Malachi's death, while Lochlan may have suffered exhaustion, hunger and possibly hypothermia, Ms Ellson said.

Drowning might also have contributed to his death, the court heard.

Ms Hebble was comforted by family members as she sat quietly in court for some of the proceedings.

Outside court, Mr Stevens told reporters he was hoping to get an "end to the story" to help everyone move on.

Mr Stevens said he now had a wife and daughter but still missed his boys.

He described Lochlan as a "terror" causing "chaos" like many children his age and said Malachi had "iron lungs that could scream the house down".

Mr Stevens said he wanted to know how and why they died.

"Give me an answer that I can actually use," he said.

The inquest continues.


http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...-inquest-hears

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:14 AM
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had to share... made me cry! beautiful little boys...

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so sad how easily this could have been prevented. This was obviously a good, responsible mum who was suffering from post partum depression and extreme exhaustion after having 2 boys back to back. SHe obviously had no help and was raising these boys pretty much on her own. I'm deducting my guesses based on the fact that she wasn't an alcoholic or drug addict. This just sounds like an overwhelmed mum who made 1 mistake, and it destroyed her world and ended her babies' lives

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

I've read a few versions of this story... something doesn't seem right. First, leaving baby in a hot car, secondly, leaving two babies in a shower (a shower?!), closing the door to the bathroom...

I kinda half-believe, half-disbelieve her story. I don't quite know what to think. Maybe the severe exhaustion did cloud her judgement that badly; I hope so, in any case, because there are too many 'baby killing' stories going around these days.

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

proofread your posts

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I've read a few versions of this story... something doesn't seem right. First, leaving baby in a hot car, secondly, leaving two babies in a shower (a shower?!), closing the door to the bathroom...

I kinda half-believe, half-disbelieve her story. I don't quite know what to think. Maybe the severe exhaustion did cloud her judgement that badly; I hope so, in any case, because there are too many 'baby killing' stories going around these days.
Same here. I agree she may have been overwhelmed & this drove her to it. Let's hope not. But we never really know what someone is going thru.

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

Who the fuck puts a two year old in a shower with a ten month old?

I sat in the bathroom while my nieces and nephew were in the shower until they were 5 or so and then, I was in the next room and they knocked on the wall when they were ready to get out.

The babies never should have been born to such a piece of shit

I'm on call whenever my niece wants to nap or sleep.

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

Here are the pictures. I do not see them in the op.

The mother looks pretty, "normal," to me.

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

Sorry this is my 1st time posting, still learning... Not sure why the pictures didn't come up and tried to delete the babble at the top but couldn't?

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Re: WA Boys Died in Shower As Mum 'passed Out'

Ohh and I posted this because it hit home for me... I have a little boy and he's the sunshine in my day i would love another baby but mine is 12 months old on the 12th of may and I suffered severe postnatal depression... This is what this story sounds like to me... However passing out for 12hours?!! I suffered severe exhaustion also but never went to sleep til my son was safely asleep in his cot if I was tired I wouldn't even sit down just incase and more often than not was too scared to sleep.... If this was a genuine accident my heart breaks for her but something seems odd which is maybe how the inquest came about....

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