A group of investigators including dive squads are descending on Tweed Heads, New South Wales today to launch a major new investigation into the murder of a 9 month old baby girl. It has been alleged that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was thrown into the river in the Jack Evans Harbour area at Tweed Heads last weekend before her body was found washed up on Surfers Paradise beach in Queensland more than 30 hours later.
Father charged with murder
Her 48 year old father was charged with her murder on Thursday morning by New South Wales Police after being extradited from Queensland and appeared by video link in Tweed Heads Local Court. It has been alleged that the man threw his baby daughter into the river as part of a “sacrifice” and that he believed the child was possessed by demons.
The extradition of a man from Queensland to New South Wales over the alleged murder of his nine-month-old baby daughter has been put on hold due to other charges. @DarrenCurtis9 will bring you updated information TONIGHT at 5.30pm. #9Newshttps://t.co/66SLvt21RZ
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However, a major search is underway as police and divers scour the Tweed Heads River and surrounding areas for evidence. The girls mother, a 23 year old Victorian woman, has not yet been charged. Police have not ruled her out as a suspect.
Police search for a crucial piece of evidence
As the major land and water search begins today, police have revealed that they are looking for one crucial clue – a black & red blanket – which could connect her father to the murder. Detective Inspector Wayne Walpole from the New South Wales Homicide Squad told reporters this morning, “We have got a number of items of interest that we are searching for, in particular a black and red chequered blanket, similar to a picnic blanket. It may have a rubber backing on one side and we are interested in this.” Police are also asking for anyone who was in the area on the night of Nov. 17 to come forward.