Mother faces court over death of Gold Coast boy in 2009

It’s been revealed the mother and stepfather of a four-year-old boy who died on the Gold Coast more than six years ago have been charged with his murder.

Tyrell Cobb was found unconscious at a Biggera Waters home in May 2009 and later died in hospital.

The boy’s stepfather, 32-year-old Matthew Ian Anthony Scown, was charged with murder in 2010, but the prosecution withdrew its case.


However Scown was again charged today – this time with murder and torture – along with Tyrell’s mother, 32-year-old Heidi Strbak.

Strbak’s appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this afternoon and has been remanded in custody and ordered to reappear on September 21.

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Scown is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Detective Inspector Mark White of the Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit said: “These arrests today were the culmination of a lengthy investigation by a committed team of detectives into the death of an innocent little boy that occurred over six years ago.”