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A growing pile of tributes have appeared at the site where the body of a baby girl was found on Monday. Photo ABC

New South Wales police have taken over the investigation into the death of a nine-month-old girl found on Surfers Paradise beach on Monday morning (November 19).

Police divers conducted investigations yesterday at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, after an empty pram was allegedly found in the vicinity.

News.com.au has reported allegations that the child was thrown naked into the water there and her body drifted some 30 kilometres north before being washed ashore.

NSW police said in a statement that, as a result of their joint inquiries with QLD police, ‘it was established the death occurred in NSW’.

Police will today (November 21) seek the extradition of the child’s 47-year-old father in the Southport Maigstrates Court.

According to Seven news the man told police that he believed the child was ‘possessed by demons’.

The girl’s mother has been released and her four-year-old brother has now been taken into care.

The family were homeless and lived for some time at Kingscliff and in parks from Tweed Heads to Surfers Paradise.

The parents had not reported the child missing and were allegedly arrested following a domestic violence incident soon after the discovery of the body.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, as far back as seven months ago the family’s predicament was pointed out to the Gold Coast Council and welfare services by a concerned resident.

The publication said a support worker visited the family but they had refused help.

Amid a growing pile of tributes for the child at the site where the body was discovered, there will be a memorial at Surfers Paradise beach tomorrow night (Wednesday, November 22) from 5pm QLD time. Mourners have been asked not to leave stuffed toys on the beach.

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  1. But to refuse help is not the end of it. The service worker has to make an assessment of the situation.
    If the baby is assessed to be in danger the authorities are called.
    Many homeless people are mentally ill.
    What was the assessment 7 months ago when they are homeless and in charge of a baby in the open on the streets. The parents have to be doubly responsible to feed themselves and the baby.
    An investigation should follow into welfare services in the Tweed. Let’s get things into the open in how this happened.

  2. Pre 2013, I knew of no real major homeless problem in this country. Now there are tens of thousands including so many, many children. This Federal LNP Govt has a lot to answer for when it is eventually dragged, kicking and screaming to an election to be judged by the people it has let down so badly!
    How could housing conditions be allowed to become so bad? There are billions for greedy people to own 5-10-20 houses under this wretched Govt, but nothing for the ordinary person to own one!

  3. The poor poor child may she R.I.P.
    What are our services doing?
    I have often wondered about the plight of the many who temporarily live here.
    The Jack Evans Boat Harbour’s surrounds is obviously a haven for society’s too hard basket. In the afternoons after some of the homeless there awake from there drunken or drugged nocturnal rampages in the parks and Mall shopping centre’s nooks and crannies, they take up positions around the benches, barbecues etc then later all hell can brake loose.
    You don’t know whether the screams from women are from rape or if the gut wrenching thumps coming from loud brawls will result in tomorrows headlines.
    The authorities seem unable or unwilling to put an end to this. This area is a slum at night. The area is also turning into a default caravan park where people in large buses, motorhomes, utes and vans etc park in the streets and stay like Gypsies.
    What do you expect from this lawless area?


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