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Pit bull rescues boy after mother tries to drown him in river while allegedly high on crystal meth

March 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pit bull rescues boy after mother tries to drown him in river while allegedly high on crystal meth

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A courageous pit bull rescued a young boy who almost drowned at the hands of his crystal meth-addicted mother, according to police.

The horrific incident took place at the Murray River in Australia on Wednesday, as repulsive details surfaced from inside the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The Herald Sun reported that the unidentified mom, who was a well-known drug addict to local police — took her two children, ages 9 and 5, to the water’s edge and demanded the eldest boy jump in with the intention to drown him.

The younger son was heard by eyewitnesses nearby screaming as a pit bull named Buddy raced to the scene. He allegedly attacked the mother, which created an opening for the elder child — who was also badly bitten in the altercation — to escape.

A marine rescue boat from NSW searches the Murray for the missing five-year-old. Picture: Hamish Blair

The five-year-old was last seen by a witness floating face-down in the rushing water, while up to 30 officers are still looking for his body, the Herald Sun reported.

Detective Sergeant Swinton of New South Wales Police said the suspect confessed to witnesses that she needed to “drown her babies.”

Residents were horrified by the story as Deniliquin commander Superintendent Paul Condon called the incident “tragic” and a catastrophe that “will rock the community.”

Buddy the pit bull has since been honored for his heroic work.

Police divers search for the body of the 5-year-old

The dog’s owner told The Sun that the four-year-old grew up playing around all kinds of children and has never acted violently towards a person before the incident.

Although the nine-year-old boy lived, he sustained severe injuries and is being treated at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

An attorney for the grandparents of the children said they were “devastated” and hosted a bedside vigil at the hospital for the child and his brother.

The malicious mother is facing charges of attempted murder as the hunt for the five-year-old continues.

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