Toronto mother charged with attempted murder of young boy appears in court

ABOVE: A 32-year-old mother went before a judge while her child lay badly bruised in hospital. Cindy Pom reports.

TORONTO – A 32-year-old Toronto mother charged with the attempted murder of her 11-year-old son made a brief court appearance Saturday.

In addition to the charge of attempted murder the woman is also facing charges of aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries for life.

The woman is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

The 11-year-old was taken to Sick Kids hospital Friday with critical head injuries and as of Saturday remains in critical but stable condition.

The incident happened after police say a call came in shortly after 1 a.m. on August 30. Someone heard a woman in a 12th floor apartment on Eva Road, near Burnhamthorpe Road and Hwy 427, hitting a child on the head and threatening to beat him “to death.”

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Authorities allege that police arrived to find a big family fight ongoing: Emergency crews had to break down the apartment door to get inside.

The boy was seriously hurt when they found him, police say.

Two other children were taken from the apartment building and placed in the care of Children’s Aid. Their ages are not known.

WATCH: The defence lawyer updates the media on the condition of the mother’s son and the whereabouts of her other three children.

The child’s 32-year-old mother was arrested shortly after police arrived and has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Another woman was also taken into custody Friday morning but was later released.

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An investigation into the incident is ongoing, police say. There’s no word yet on any additional charges.

Police are not identifying the mother or the child in order to protect the identity of the 11-year-old boy.

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