UPDATE at 3:20 PM | THE homeless father of a nine-month-old baby girl whose tiny body washed up on a beach in Surfers Paradise earlier this week will be extradited to New South Wales this afternoon.
The 47-year-old man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow after facing an extradition hearing in Southport Magistrates Court this morning, dressed in a hospital gown.
The deceased infant 23-year-old mother has since been released from police custody without charge.
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FIRST at 6:55 AM | The father of a 9-month-old baby found dead on the beach at Surfers Paradise will be extradited to NSW today.
It comes after a post mortem revealed the baby girl died in NSW, with Queensland Police confirming overnight that NSW detectives had taken over the investigation.
“The investigation into the death of a nine-month-old girl, who was located on a Surfers Paradise Beach is now being handled by New South Wales Police Force as it has been established the death occurred in NSW,” Qld police said in a statement.
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, were found about five kilometres away in Broadbeach after police were called to an alleged domestic violence incident.
The couple, who are homeless and known to police, has been in custody ever since.
NSW Police detectives are expected to travel to Queensland today to seek the extradition of the 47-year-old man.
It’s expected he will return to NSW where he will be charged with a warrant.
Whilst investigators from the Tweed/Byron Police District will lead the investigation, they will continue to work closely with Queensland Police Service detectives.
A candlelight vigil for the baby girl is expected to be held at Surfers Paradise Beach from 5.00pm on Thursday.
Surfers Paradise memorial for baby girl whose little body was found on the beach. A blanket “from all the mummies & grandmas who would have fought to keep you safe & warm”. Parents in custody but not charged @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/eHdECf3xJj
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