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About 12.30am (Queensland time) on Monday (19 November 2018), emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, after a nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive.

Paramedics declared the child deceased at the scene.

Queensland Police Service launched an investigation and were assisted by NSW Police Force detectives.

Investigators spoke with the child’s parents – a 47-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman – with the man being arrested that day.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Tweed/Byron Police District, with the assistance of specialist detectives from Queensland, established Strike Force Palua to investigate the girl’s death.

It will be alleged in court that the child died in NSW.

Strike force detectives applied for and were granted the man’s extradition at Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 21 November 2018).

He was escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with murder.

The man was refused bail and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Thursday 22 November 2018).

Investigations under Strike Force Palua are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Palua detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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