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Updated: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 06:01:34 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Mother accused of attempted murder to remain in custody



Mother accused of attempted murder to remain in custody

A Toronto mother accused of attempted murder in the beating of her 11-year-old son will remain in police custody until at least Tuesday after appearing in a Toronto courtroom this morning.

Police responded to reports of a fight at an apartment building on Eva Road — near Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall in the west-end neighourhood of Etobicoke — at around 1:15 a.m. ET Friday.

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They smashed through the glass door at the building's entrance to get to the 12th-floor apartment, and found the boy with cuts and bruises.

He was transported by ambulance to the Hospital for Sick Children where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Inside the courtroom on Saturday the 32-year-old mother wore the same white bathrobe she had on when police arrested her a day earlier.

The lawyer for the mother said she asked that he take religious jewelry to her son at the hospital. The mother cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim.

"She has a couple of religious bracelets or necklaces that she wanted me to get down to the hospital to give to him or put on him," Gordon Goldman said.

'Close knit family'

The lawyer described his client as a "calm" and coming from a "very close knit family."

“Surprisingly she's pretty calm, doesn't seem too nervous," he said."She's not emotional. For what's happened she's OK."

Outside the court, the woman's friends and family declined to say anything to reporters and concealed their identity.

Goldman said his client has four children, two of whom had been placed in the custody of Children's Aid Society of Toronto.

He could not comment of the location of the woman's oldest child, who is 16 years old.

The woman will make another court appearance on Tuesday at College Park.

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