Police in Australia believe a nine-month-old baby who washed ashore on a Gold Coast beach was ‘sacrificed’ by her family.
The naked body of the baby girl was found on Surfers Paradise beach in Queensland at around 12.30am on Monday morning.
Investigators believe she was thrown into the water at Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Tweed Heads on Saturday, with her empty pram being left alongside the waterway.
A family of four, including the baby, were tracked down on CCTV as they headed towards the harbour before heading back to Queensland without the youngster.
It is thought that the baby’s body drifted in the current for two days before washing ashore.
The child’s father, a 48-year-old homeless man, arrived in Southport Magistrates court today but faces other charges which must be dealt with before he can be extradited to New South Wales to face charges.
He appeared in court wearing a white hospital gown and was represented by Sunil Dutt of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service.
The man’s aunt, Paulette, said she did not believe her nephew would be capable of killing his baby.
Sources told 9News that the 23-year-old mother admitted to knowing about the planned ‘sacrifice’ but only the father would be accused of throwing her into the water.
The mother has since been released from custody and has reportedly been place in the mental health system in Queensland.