Dad Mourns Dead Son, 8, After Boy Was “Suffocated By His Mum”

A British dad has paid tribute to his eight-year-old son who died after he was allegedly suffocated by his mother. Lee Moran has said he had “lost the best part of himself” after Joanne Finch, 41, was charged with murder after allegedly smothering their son Brodie Moran with a pillow at their home near Melbourne yesterday.

Writing on Facebook the Shanghai-based dad remembered his “always happy” boy. The grieving dad added: “Thank you to everyone that has sent well wishes. At the moment I feel empty, still in shock. I have lost the best part of me… words can not describe how much I love and miss my little fella.”

The family is believed to have lived in the UK before the child moved to Tootgarook, south of Melbourne, with his mother. Mourners laid flowers for the Year 2 student, with resident Cooper Bullows-Baker leaving a teddy bear in remembrance of a boy about his own age. When asked why he brought a teddy bear, he replied, “So he rests in peace”. Brodie’s mum Joanne Finch, 41, has been charged with his murder.