LATEST @ 12.45 PM | Police have confirmed they’re treating the death of a man and baby girl at a popular tourist spot in South Australia as a murder-suicide.
According to Barossa Police, the man jumped from the Whispering Wall at Williamstown with his 9-month-old daughter strapped to him in a child carrier.
“About 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 April, police and emergency services were called to the Whispering Wall after witnesses reported seeing a man with an infant in a child carrier jump off the wall,” police said in a statement on Thursday.
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Upon arrival, emergency crews found the man deceased at the bottom, while the baby girl was unresponsive.
Members of the public and paramedics performed CPR on the little girl but sadly, she died at the scene.
Although formal identification is yet to be completed, police believe the man to be 38-year-old Henry Shepherdson and his daughter Kobi Shepherdson, aged nine months.
“Early investigation has shown a history of domestic violence between Henry Shepherdson and the mother of Kobi,” Police said.
No-one else is being sought over the deaths.
Police said the families of the man and child have asked for their “privacy to be respected at this sad and tragic time”, however, Kobi’s mum has supplied several photos of her beloved baby girl.
“This is a highly distressing and emotional incident that has and is affecting people who witnessed this incident, those who tried to help Kobi, emergency services personnel, family and friends,” police said in a statement.
“We are supporting those impacted by this incident.”
Anyone who is experiencing family violence, or has concerns for their safety or the safety of other family members or friends, is urged to contact police through 131 444 or Triple Zero in an emergency.
Support agencies who may also be contacted include 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), and the DV Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.
EARLIER @ 10.30 AM | A major investigation is underway after a man and baby girl fell to their deaths at the Whispering Wall near the Barossa Valley.
Police were called to the well known tourist spot at Williamstown in South Australia around 4.30pm on Wednesday, after witnesses reported seeing a man and infant go over the edge of the wall.
Upon arrival they found the man deceased at the bottom, while the baby girl was unresponsive.
Paramedics worked on the infant but sadly, she could not be saved and died at the scene.
The reservoir remains closed this morning, with South Australian major crime detectives and forensic crime scene investigators continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Barossa Reservoir Reserve (Whispering Wall) will be closed to the public today, to enable @SAPoliceNews’s ongoing investigation following yesterday’s incident.
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At this stage, no one else is being sought over the deaths.
Police will be preparing a report for the State Coroner.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast