Police search waters in Tweed Heads as they investigate baby death on the Gold Coast

Police divers are scouring waters in Tweed Heads as the investigation continues into the death of a nine-month-old girl on the Gold Coast.

The baby was found unresponsive on Surfers Paradise Beach near Staghorn Avenue around 12.30am on Monday but could not be revived.

The girl’s parents, a 23-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man remain in Police custody but no charges have been laid.


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Police were still awaiting the results of a post mortem on Tuesday.

It’s since been revealed the family were homeless and had regularly travelled between Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast.

Divers from New South Wales Police have been searching the water at Jack Evans Boat Harbour as they assist Queensland detectives.

Investigators are looking into whether the girl may have died on the New South Wales side of the border before being taken to the Gold Coast.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart couldn’t say when charges may be laid.

“We still have two people in custody, a male and a female, and this will play out over the next 24 hours,” Commissioner Stewart said on Tuesday.

“We’re waiting for a number of reports, the PM (post mortem) report, all of that will have to be taken into account.”

It comes as an internal investigation is launched following claims the family were known to Child Safety but the girl and her four-year-old brother were allowed to remain with their parents.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington says there are many questions that need to be answered.

“I just cannot stand to think that authorities knew about this and left that poor defenceless little girl in this situation, it just seriously breaks my heart,” Ms Frecklington said.

Child Safety Minister Di Farmer wouldn’t confirm what the department knew about the family.

“It was very traumatic for everyone concerned and support is being provided to those people,” Ms Farmer said.

“We’re working closely with Police so at the moment we just need to let that investigation take its course.”

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