Mum Who Killed Young Son In Crash While High On Meth Has Bail Revoked
Stacey Panozzo cried as police told an Adelaide court she'd again been caught driving under the influence of meth.
The mum, 35, was on bail when she was allegedly caught behind the wheel just last week.
Panozzo has pleaded guilty over a 2017 crash that killed one of her twin sons while she was high on meth, at Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills.
The family were returning home from a beach holiday when their car collided with a tree.
Jackson Rayner,7, died in the crash, while his twin brother and another child were left with serious injuries, and Panozzo herself suffered a brain injury.
On Tuesday, emotional relatives revealed the heavy toll her actions, and ice addiction, have taken on their family.
Her aunt, a child psychologist, said she feels guilty about not doing more to intervene.
"We were all aware of her issues. I should have tried harder for Jackson's sake," she told the court.
"Their mother has been unable to change her ways... She could easily make the same mistake again."
Her brother also addressed the court, describing the pain of losing his nephew.
"I felt like I had been hit square in the chest with a sledge hammer," he said.
"I perpetually feel such disappointment and such sorrow."
Panozzo's sister-in-law pleaded for her to seek help, so she can be a better mother.
"I beg you please receive the help you need to be the mum your kids so desperately need," she said.
The court heard Panozzo has been removed from the family home, and has been refused bail over the latest charges.
Panozzo's supporters say she needs help, not to be locked up, but a judge said her surviving children may be better off without her.
Her lawyer argued she shouldn't be sent to jail because she won't get the treatment she needs for her drug addiction -- but prosecutors disagreed.
The judge has ordered a report from the Corrections Department.