Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dad charged with murder of 6-month-old son; appears to have thrown him off bridge (Eagleby, Australia)

Shades of ARTHUR FREEMAN, another Australian dad who murdered his daughter by tossing her off a bridge....

This is still an UNNAMED DAD.

Update: Dad now identified as DAVID FISHER.

Dad charged over baby's river death

Brooke Baskin
From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
June 24, 2012 2:48PM

POLICE have made the grim discovery of a six-month-old baby's body on the bank of the Logan River at Eagleby, south of Brisbane, this morning.

Divers and search crews found the child washed up on the bank among the scrub at 8.50am.

The boy's father, a 38-year-old local man, was charged with murder overnight after telling police he had fallen from the bridge with his son about 6.45pm.

Logan district Senior Sergeant Chris Blom said the man had walked the child to the park below the M1 and returned home before raising the alarm.

Last night a pram was left on the bridge overlooking the Logan River near the Eagleby boat ramp.

"We found the baby 1.5km downstream this morning and the father has since been charged with homicide," Sen-Sgt Blom said.

He said the child's father wasn't known to police, and quashed rumours it was a migrant family involved.

He said the man and the child's mother had five other children.

Police divers, SES swiftwater rescue crews and other emergency workers searched for the baby until 3am, then resumed the search this morning.

Police were called to the scene after a triple-0 call at 6.45pm, after the baby boy and his father had apparently fallen into the river.

The man told police he went for a walk with the infant in a stroller and the baby had fallen in the water.

Detective Inspector Chris Jory said: "He then went on to describe certain aspects of his movements after that time. That's now forming part of our investigation."

Insp Jory said there were no known witnesses and confirmed the baby's mother went to the river after the plunge. Two people were seen huddling near the river draped in towels.

Both parents went to Logan police station where they were helping officers with their investigation.

The pedestrian bridge is a popular fishing spot and locals were shocked at the search under way.

"It's normally so quiet here at night,'' one said.