Woman, 25, Charged With Mother’s ‘Horrific’ Murder Appears In Court

Police on the scene in Sydney's west. Source 7News

Police on the scene in Sydney's west. Source 7News

The daughter was arrested outside the home of a neighbour and a four-year-old boy was taken to hospital with what police said was a minor head injury.

Jessica Camilleri, 25, faced Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday afternoon charged with the "horrific" murder of her mother Rita in their home in the western Sydney suburb of St Clair, near Penrith, the previous night.

The New South Wales Police Force said in a news release the incident happened in Sydney just before midnight, when authorities were called to a home after reports of an argument between a 25-year-old woman and her 57-year-old mother.

Camilleri did not apply for bail and was expected to be taken to Nepean Hospital for medical treatment and a mental health assessment before she next appears in court.

A police officer stands outside the St Clair home.

Police have charged the daughter of Rita Camilleri, 57, with her murder.

She told the magistrate she had a number of conditions including border autism, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

The footpath outside the St Clair home.

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Det McFadden refused to confirm the decapitation reports but admitted the woman's injuries were horrific.

Nepean Police Area Commander Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden will address a press conference at 10.30am today to provide more details of the incident.

Police say they were aware of the family, but what unfolded on Saturday night was "not foreseeable".

Police said a knife was seized from the home for testing, with a number of crime scenes established inside and outside the residence.

"The young child is at Westmead Hospital, he witnessed this tragic set of circumstances. The family is distraught as to what has taken place".

"I don't understand, they were so close, they were so close, they have a parrot they share and love and were always in a red vehicle together".

"Police are trained to all extra level of professionalism and tenacity when responding to incidents, and these officers were outstanding managing the people involved, and managing the situation they were confronted with".

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