Mental evaluation for Durban mother who allegedly killed son

A Durban mother, accused of murdering her seven-year-old son, will undergo psychiatric evaluation, the Durban Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Megan Prins, 34, made a brief appearance in Court 10 where it was decided she would be transferred from Westville Prison to Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg for observation.

During her previous appearance, Magistrate Mahomed Motala said she would have to undergo psychiatric evaluation for at least one month.

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Prins was arrested after allegedly admitting that she had killed her son, Sloan, after booking into an Umhlanga guest house in June.

She reportedly checked into the guest house and asked for a late checkout the following morning.

A few hours later, she called the owner, crying, and told him what had happened. He called the police and the paramedics.

Prins allegedly gave her son medication meant for adults before smothering him to death. She then apparently attempted to commit suicide by slitting her wrists and throat.

At her first court appearance, the Morningside mother indicated through her lawyer that she intended to plead guilty.

Previously, she left the dock sobbing and, as she went down the steps to the cells below, was heard wailing: "I am so alone... I am so alone in prison."

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She will return to court on September 25.