Leeanne Chrysilla Eatts pleads not guilty to sons’ Townsville drowning deaths


The mother of two boys who drowned in Townsville in February 2019 has pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in Queensland’s Supreme Court.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following story contains images of people who have died.

Leeanne Chrysilla Eatts, 51, is being charged with drowning her sons Jhulio Sariago, three, and Barak Austral, five, in the Ross River in February 2019.

The boys’ disappearance sparked a widespread search of the community the night before their bodies were found.

Ms Eatts appeared before the High Court in Townsville on Wednesday morning and was represented by lawyer Harvey Walters.

The bodies of the two boys were found in the Ross River after a nightly search.(Supplied: Queensland Police)

She pleaded not guilty to both counts of manslaughter.

It is the first time Ms Eatts has formally pleaded guilty to both charges.

Crown Prosecutor Andrew Walklate told the court that the prosecution was prepared for a trial.

The court was told that Ms Eatts’ attorney was considering proposing a change of venue due to the extensive publicity the case received.

Justice David North said this would “almost inevitably” mean that the trial will be held in the second half of the year.

He filed the case on April 3 for a legal representatives-only listing.

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