| 21.11,20. 01:25 AM |
Elderly woman charged over son's murder inside Greensborough home
The woman accused of killing her son with an axe is terminally ill. (Nine)
An elderly woman accused of killing her son with an axe has been charged with murder after a man was found dead inside a house in Melbourne's north-east earlier this week.
Homicide Squad detectives charged 81-year-old Erika Heddergott this morning following her son William's death.
The 50-year-old man was found deadby a carer inside the property on Palmyra Court in Greensborough about 11.30am on Monday.
Ms Heddergott who was also found inside the home, was taken to the Austin Hospital in a stable condition, where she remained under police guard.
She has since been remanded in custody and appeared at filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court via phone link today.
The court heard she has physically recovered after sustaining her own injuries in the incident, but doctors are now working to determine if Ms Heddergott suffers from mental illness.
The Greensborough woman is suffering from a terminal illness and it is likely she will be moved to the Thomas Embling mental health facility before her next court appearance.
Ms Heddergott's husband is in an aged care facility and her only surviving son has flown down from New South Wales.
She will next face court on March 26.