A woman charged with murdering her eight-year-old son has died at a Victorian correctional facility.
Joanne Finch, 42, had been in custody since March, after Brodie Moran’s body was found at a Tootgarook house on the Mornington Peninsula.
Victoria Police said a 42-year-old woman died at a Ravenhall correction facility, in Melbourne’s outer west, on Tuesday, with her death not being treated as suspicious.
Finch’s lawyer, Brendan Wilkinson, told The Age her death would have a significant impact on her supporters.
“Everyone is devastated. There was a whole team of people behind her, and the psychiatric staff who did everything they could,” he said.
“She had many people from the Volkswagon car club, people in Tootgarook and the Rosebud area and the Geelong area who were really doing everything, rallying behind her and working as one to make sure she could have a better life.
“The only thing she lived for was her son, and when Brodie was gone it proved too much.”
As Mamamia previously reported, Brodie’s father, Lee Moran, who was living in China at the time of his death, was devastated by his son’s death.
“Brodie and I had a weekly FaceTime session together when he would share with great enthusiasm all that he had done that week,” he said in an emotional statement.
“At no point did I, or anyone around Brodie, feel that he was in danger.”