Mother who stabbed her nephew to face court

A CAIRNS woman accused of trying to kill her nephew will learn this morning whether she will be released on bail.

The mother-of-one, aged in her 20s, is accused of using a knife to try and stab her seven-year-old nephew while he was getting ready for school at the family's Woree unit on March 18.

She appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court yesterday for the first time, but Magistrate Robert Spencer adjourned the matter for a day so she could undergo a mental health assessment.

She cannot be identified to protect the identity of the child victim.

The court heard since the incident she has been diagnosed as bipolar and spent more than two weeks in the Cairns Hospital's mental health unit.

Prosecutor Natalie Keys said police were alleging the woman was armed with a "large knife" when she attacked the boy in his bedroom.

"(She) pushed it into the sternum, causing a laceration," she said.

Defence solicitor Michael Finch described the matter as a "weird case" and said while the allegations were "horrendous on paper" it may be difficult to prove intent.

The woman has been charged with attempted murder and attempted assault occasioning bodily harm.

Speaking outside court, Cairns Child Protection Unit detective Sergeant Nathan Porter said the alleged incident occurred about 7.30am as the boy was getting dressed for school.

He said the boy's injuries had not been life-threatening and he had since made a full recovery.

Police have alleged the boy's mother intervened.

Police arrived after someone in the unit complex called 000 and took the woman into custody.

It is alleged the boy's nine-year-old sister was also home at the time and witnessed the alleged attack.