A spokesman for Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward told smh.com.au the woman had presented herself to police overnight.
"She did come forward and police have checked the children and they're safe'"
"There's been no other reports to our helpline in regards to these children."
He said there were no plans to remove the children from their family.
According to Goward,
"She apparently said the child had been brought [to the protest] because they didn't expect it to become violent, which you might disagree with, but that was her account."
"The police then went back to the house and assessed the children and assessed that they were safe. So that is where they remain.
"But I think there is unfinished business in ensuring that the messages about mutual respect and non-violence are applied to all of us and that all our communities understand that that's what we certainly particularly expect from children.
"Parents do crazy things; she might just well have thought it was a giggle to get him to hold the sign, a cute little photograph.
"But it is just unacceptable to the rest of us.
"This family are now on the radar. We've had a full history done and there have been no other reports. But she knows ... that there is now a report and there will be follow-up and it's something that she will need to be conscious of."
Didn't expect it to get violent? Who takes a child, along with a baby in a stroller, to a protest by a group of people who have very short fuses and almost always turn to violence. And a giggle? A giggle is posing your kid with Mickey or Minnie Mouse at Disneyland. Posing your son with a major incitement to violence is child abuse. To have no compunction about having your offspring hold an outrageous sign while casually taking his photo is an indication of where her true feelings lie. No innocent here. Calling to behead those who insult Islam is about as radical as you can get.
At least there have been members of the Muslim community who condemned her for actions.
Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan says while he welcomes the mother’s decision to go to police, he disapproves of the behaviour.No, the child may not know, but mummy certainly does. And as curious as children are, you don't think he asked mummy what the sign meant?
‘‘That’s something that we don’t encourage within our community, it’s something we condemn,’’ he told reporters at Lakemba mosque in Sydney’s west today.
Mr Dandan said he would try to talk to the mother, but added he had been told the boy may have found the sign on the street and was ‘‘caught up in the hype’’ during the demonstrations. ‘‘Does a child really understand what’s written on that placard?’’ he said.
George Christensen, MP wasn't so understanding:
"Using a toddler to peddle an incitement to violent killing is disgusting and I think the Australian public would expect the authorities to take up the matter with the parents," Mr Christensen said in a statement yesterday.
"If the parents are exposing their children to religious hatred and encouraging violence then perhaps those children should be put in the care of better people."He's right. I guess mummy can go back to training her cute little wonder for jihad.