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.