Sunday April 7 2013
– A Ballarat woman’s four-year-old son was at home when she was found dead after being the victim of what police described as a violent attack.
Police and emergency services were called Roma property on Doveton Street South on Saturday morning after relatives visited the house and found the body of the 29-year-old woman.
The child is being looked after by family members as police investigate the circumstances of the death.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Snare from the Homicide Squad said the death happened some time overnight and was being treated as suspicious. He said he was waiting on an autopsy to see how the woman died but asked members of the public to come forward if they heard or saw anything suspicious in the area.
Police were looking into the possibility of a break-in at the woman’s weatherboard house, he said. A relative of the woman said she felt sick after finding out about the incident.
She said she believed the woman was shot, however police would not confirm this.
Paramedics were called to the scene on Saturday morning with reports of an assault, however Ambulance Victoria referred requests for information to police. Nearby resident Mark Kelava said the neighbourhood was typically very quiet.
Patricia Hood, who lives across the road from the house, said the people who lived in there were quiet and only moved in last year – Tom Cowie


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