A central Queensland mother has been remanded in custody after being charged with murder over the death of her eight-year-old son.
WARNING: This story contains graphic content that may disturb some readers, and references to an Aboriginal person who has died.
Police were called to a welfare check at a Berserker home during the early hours of Saturday morning where they found the body of Zion Ziggy Sean Goltz.
On Saturday afternoon his mother Louwanna Thyra Goltz, 36, was charged with one count of murder.
Her case was mentioned in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning, but she did not appear in person.
In an objection to bail affidavit filed by police and obtained by the ABC, police will allege the boy died by strangulation, although prosecutors are awaiting an autopsy to confirm his cause of death.
The affidavit claims Zion was not in Ms Goltz’s care for the first seven years of his life and had only been returned to her care in the past 12 months.
The court documents allege Ms Goltz’s mental health declined in the past months, and “alarmingly” quickly in the past week.
The affidavit also states Ms Goltz was detained for a mental health assessment on Saturday where she was diagnosed with suicidal ideation, with police arresting her for her own welfare.
The mother and son lived at a Berserker address managed by the Department of Housing.
According to the court documents a witness told police Ms Goltz was “rambling incoherently” and spoke about an artist’s canvas in the early hours of the morning of Zion’s death.
Police have seized the canvas, which allegedly displays words with Christian themes relating to Satan and Jesus Christ.
Police allegedly observed her speak and apologize to voices for disrespecting them.
Ms Goltz’s case was attached to October 26.