THE father of a nine-month-old baby girl whose body washed up on a beach in Surfers Paradise earlier this week has now been charged with murder.
The 47-year-old man was extradited from the Gold Coast to NSW on Wednesday after facing an extradition hearing in Southport Magistrates Court.
He was then escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with murder.
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The man was remanded in custody after appearing in Tweed Heads Magistrates Court via video link this morning.
The infant’s lifeless body was located on the edge of the surf near Staghorn Avenue, the Esplanade around 12.30am on Monday.
A member of the public walking along the beach made the heartbreaking discovery and alerted authorities who desperately tried to save the child, but to no avail.
The girl’s parents, a 23-year-old woman and 47-year-old man who are homeless and known to police, were found about five kilometres away in Broadbeach after officers were called to an alleged domestic violence incident.
The death was initially being handled by Queensland Police, however NSW detectives have since taken over the investigation after it was revealed the infant died in NSW.
The baby’s mother has been released from custody without charge and is receiving medical treatment in hospital, while the couple’s second child, a two-year-old boy, has been placed into care.
A candlelight vigil for the baby girl will be held at Surfers Paradise Beach from 5.00pm today.