Man charged over alleged sexual assault, murder of baby

A NSW man has been charged with sexual assault and murder following the death of a three-month-old baby girl.

The 24-year-old was arrested by detectives at a home in Maitland yesterday.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with murder and sexual intercourse with child under age of 10 years.


It comes after police established a special strike force four months ago, to investigate how the infant died.

Emergency services were called to a unit on Fowler Street at Hamilton South in Newcastle on August 4, after the baby girl was discovered unresponsive.

She was treated at the scene before being rushed to John Hunter Hospital, where she passed away.

The man was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today.

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
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831