Woman questioned after 9yo boy mauled, 5yo boy missing in Murray River

A mass search of the Murray is being conducted on Friday morning

A mass search of the Murray is being conducted on Friday morning

NSW police have set up Strike Force Bulletin after a nine-year-old child was mauled by a dog last night and his five-year-old-brother vanished at Perricoota Road, Moama.

Buddy the pit bull rescued two young boys after mother tried to drown them in the Murray River while allegedly high on crystal meth.

. He is now recovering.

It then emerged that a five-year-old boy who was related to the injured boy was missing.

She faced an extradition order by video-link in a Bendigo court on Friday afternoon, when it was agreed she would be sent to Deniliquin to face a charge of attempted murder of her older son.

Local police officer Superintendent Paul Condon would have seen many horrors in his years on the front line.

A hero pit bull came to the rescue of a young boy who almost drowned at the hands of his crystal meth-addicted mother, police say.

The 27-year-old mother was also bitten in the attack.

Brooks said the woman took the grandmother's vehicle on Wednesday night, snatched the two young boys and took off with a couple of her buddies.

While the nine-year-old boy survived, he is suffering severe injuries and is under medical care at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

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"It's a awful story, it's a sad story".

"I think it will rock the community of Australia", he said.

"Without any communication by your office (or police) or agreement from our client, (she) was released from jail. and taken to our client's home with no regard for the AVO in place protecting our client", it read.

One owner told The Sun the four-year-old mutt grew up playing around all kinds of kids and has never acted violently towards a person prior to the event.

The woman will appear in Deniliquin Bail Court on Saturday after being extradited from Victoria to New South Wales. "This has been an extremely traumatic scene for all of the first responders involved and welfare support is being offered".

"There's every chance, we hope".

"So far, the search has involved searching the river bank where he was last seen, as well as using Victoria Police divers to search the river", he said.

Police spoke to the 9-year-old briefly last night.

About 25 to 30 searchers are combing the river for the boy's missing 5-year-old brother from NSW and Victoria Police, SES and the rural bushfire service. "He requires some surgery for the dog bites and of course he's distressed; he's a nine-year-old boy". "My police are devastated".

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