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Mother who killed son 'because he looked like his father' jailed for 33 years

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The mother said she thought about killing her three-year-old son 'because he looked like his father'. © Supplied: NSW Police The mother said she thought about killing her three-year-old son 'because he looked like his father'.

A mother who killed her three-year-old son "because he looked like his father" has been sentenced to at least 33 years in jail, while her partner has been given a prison sentence of at least 30 years.

The 43-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder in the New South Wales Supreme Court in April.

The toddler, known as Joseph, died from extensive and horrific injuries to his head and body after months of violent abuse.

The court was told the mother admitted to police that she had thoughts about killing her son because she "just didn't connect with him".

"Don't get me wrong I did love that boy ... but there was a part of me that hated him ... because he looked like his father, because he's his father's child," she told police.

Outside court, the dead child's uncle said he was pleased with the sentences.

"The judge dished out the appropriate punishment, as far as I can see," he said.

The uncle said he did not believe the child's mother and her partner had an understanding of what they had done.

"All through the court process, I haven't seen any remorse or any behaviour that would suggest they were upset by this whole ordeal," he said.

Outside court, Detective Sergeant Joel Fawkner from NSW Police said officers had quit the force after being involved with the "dreadful" case.

"It's very traumatic, I think this was inhumane and the torture of acts upon Joseph — you can't unsee what we've seen," he said.

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