Woman, 76, charged with murder of a child from 50 years ago

Oct 22, 2020
The woman was charged with murder. Source: Getty.

An elderly woman from south Brisbane has been charged with the murder of a child from five decades ago.

Homicide detectives declared a crime scene at Polaris Street, Inala on Thursday morning after an investigation began in August after new information relating to the case came to light.

The investigation is looking into the disappearance and suspected death of a three or four-year-old boy, Peter John Enright who reportedly had autism, from Inala between the years of 1968 and 1970.

The woman was described by the Courier Mail as “frail and elderly” with shoulder-length grey hair and reportedly required help from a corrections officer to get into the court dock.

Homicide detectives with assistance from the Child Trauma Unit and Inala Child Protection Unit investigators are currently conducting enquiries as part of Operation Sierra Bobcat. Forensic officers, including bone experts, are assisting with a thorough examination of the property in Polaris Street which is believed to be the suspect’s home address.

Investigators searching underneath the Inala home. Source: Supplied by Queensland Police.

Detective Inspector Damien Hansen of the Homicide Group urged anyone with information or who lived on Polaris Street in Inala from 1960 to 1970 to contact the police.

“Any death of a child is tragedy for all that are involved, Peter was just an innocent child,” he said. “We are investigating all aspects of his life and care, including family dynamics.”

The 76-year-old is facing the Richlands Magistrates Court this morning.

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