Mentally ill father ‘sacrificed’ baby in a river


MENTALLY ill father ‘sacrificed’ baby in a river in Australia

A nine-month-old baby girl washed up on Surfers Paradise beach, Australia after her 9-year-old father tossed her in a river. The mentally ill man told police he believed the world would end if he didn’t ‘sacrifice’ her before her first birthday.

The homeless man allegedly carried his daughter through torrential rain and “cast her” into the Tweed River as a ‘sacrifice’ as his partner and young son sheltered in the Tweed Mall car park on November 17, 2018.

“It is possible (she) had already been smothered. However, it is more likely she was still alive and drowned,” crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell said in his opening address.

The father of two has a long history of delusional beliefs involving infants and suffered from a schizophrenic disorder. The family at times in a tent at Broadbeach, in a motel room at Surfers Paradise and out of a van at Chris Cunningham Park on the banks of the Tweed.

He also told police the girl was a “corruption” and a “demon”, contending it was his “prophecy” to kill her.

The accused man cannot be named, as doing so would identify his son. The trial continues.


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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