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Questions Raised After Mum & 4-Y-O Found Dead In Apartment

Further details have emerged after a mother and her four-year-old son were found dead in their Sydney apartment on Monday afternoon.

According to reports, Botany Bay Police were called at about 1.30pm by a man believed to be the woman's partner, who became concerned for the child's welfare.

When emergency services arrived at the unit in Grace Campbell Crescent, Hillsdale, they found the pair to be deceased.

Initial theories seemed to point to a gas leak, and a utility company were called in to shut off the supply to the apartment building.

However officers later confirmed that gas had not been a factor in the deaths, and, when asked about the possibility of a murder-suicide or third-party involvement, said that they were keeping an "open mind".

"[Gas] was an original concern but through the investigation we have been able to discount that," Superintendent Leanne McCusker explained. 

"Police are making contact and keeping an open mind through the investigation, ensuring all avenues are covered off."

While the woman, in her 20s, and the child have yet to be formally identified, neighbours have told reporters that the mother had been behaving "bizarrely" in recent days, and had been heard arguing with someone in the unit the night before.

"She smashed cars," Loretta Wolford said. "She yells at people in the building, calls them names. It's tragic. He's a lovely, lovely boy, beautiful kid.

Another, Syarif Suharto, echoed his neighbour's sentiments, saying: "He seemed like a happy boy, he was hanging around the park and so on.

"It's very tragic to have something like this happen in our area because our area itself is very quiet."

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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