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1. Raw milk led to death of three-year-old child.
A three-year-old boy who died from gastro symptoms most probably died from drinking unpasteurized milk a coroner has heard.
The Victorian Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that the toddler’s father told police he had given his son small amounts of Mountain View Organic Bath Milk on rare occasions in the months leading up to his October 2014 death.
The Herald Sun reports that a Department of Health investigation, a forensic pathologist’s report and a subsequent outbreak of illnesses among four other children who drank the raw milk had all established its consumption as being the likely cause of the tragedy.
In the weeks following the death the Department ordered tests on samples from 39 bottles of Mountain View dairy milk Via Twitter.
Coroner Audrey Jamieson yesterday said she was satisfied issues that would have warranted a full hearing into the death had already been dealt with and she could make a determination on the balance of probabilities.
Coroner’s solicitor Rebecca Cohen told the court the three-year-old had been a healthy child until suffering gasto symptoms on September 30, 2014, and being admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred to Monash Medical Centre on October 6, where it was found his entire large bowel was infected, tragically he died in hospital.
The court heard that an autopsy was consistent with tests taken during the toddler’s medical treatment, finding the same genetic traces in his bowel from a rare and dangerous infection stemming from ecoli bacteria that can be present in raw milk.
In the weeks following the death the Department ordered tests on samples from 39 bottles of Mountain View dairy milk and found that shiga toxin which produces ecoli bacteria was cultured in one sample.
An investigation said that while HUS infections were usually an “exceptionally rare occurrence” it was dealing with two non-fatal cases at the same time as the death and all three children had consumed the same unpasteurised milk.
Ms Cohen said that at no time was there any suggestion Mountain View Farm breached regulations, and no prosecution had even been considered against the producer.
A lawyer representing Mountain View Farm said she wanted to review a hospital form in which the boy’s parents listed everything he had consumed, so the coroner granted her seven days to put forward any additional information.
2. Mother accused of murdering her 3 kids by driving into lake received death threats from wife of their father.
A Victorian mum accused of murdering her three children received death threats from the wife of their father, a court has heard.
Akon Guode, 37, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after allegedly driving her car with her children inside into a lake in April last year.
Her three children, Bol 16 months old, and twins Hanger and Madit, 4 died.
A court has heard that the mother of seven was struggling in her community with gossip about her affair with the father of four of her children.
Court documents state Ms Guode became the mistress of her dead husband’s cousin Joseph Manyang in 2008 she then had several children with him while he was still married.