On This Day – October 23, 1969
A 30-year-old woman broke down and cried when she was committed for trial at the Coroner’s Court to day for the murder of her six-months-old baby. Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, committed Mrs Patricia Louise Coolen. of Pembroke Road, Mooroolbark, to appear in the Supreme Court on March 2. Mrs Coolen was charged with the murder of Sylvia Maree Coolen on October 23, 1969. First Constable D. Grigg of Croydon told the Court Mrs Coolen was nursing her baby and crying when, he went to her house after a phone call to police. My God, I think my baby’s dead. I’ve killed her”, Mrs Coolen had said to him. Dr James McNamara said that a post mortem examination had revealed the baby had died of strangulation.