UPDATE 10:55 AM | POLICE have established a dedicated task force to investigate the sudden death of an eight-week-old baby in the NSW Riverina region.
Police were called to a home on Henwood Avenue in the Wagga Wagga suburb of Kooringal around 5am on Monday.
In a statement released at 10.40am, police said emergency services were called to the address “in response to reports of an infant in distress”.
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According to the region’s leading newspaper, The Daily Advertiser, emergency services found the infant in a critical condition inside the home.
Details of the incident are still emerging but initial reports suggested the eight-week-old baby had sustained severe head injuries and was in cardiac arrest when found by emergency services.
Paramedics treated the baby at the scene before rushing him to the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital.
Sadly, though, the infant could not be saved and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police have this morning set up Strike Force Banco to investigate the infant’s death.
They confirmed a 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is assisting police with their inquiries.
Neighbour Simone Gowland told The Daily Advertiser she saw the man “screaming and sobbing uncontrollably” while being led away by police.
“He just kept saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” she said. “He didn’t put up any fight – he just sobbed as police loaded him into the wagon. Even as they drove off, he just kept screaming ‘I’m so, so sorry.”
His relationship to the child is not known.
Ms Gowland described the occupants of the house as “quiet, but very friendly”.
No further information was available at the time of writing.