The mother of a nine-month-old baby girl who was found dead on a Surfers Paradise beach last month has been charged.
The 23-year-old woman was extradited on Thursday from Queensland to NSW and charged in Tweeds Head with failing to provide for a child, causing danger of death.
She was refused bail and is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Friday.
Police alleged the infant was thrown into the water at Tweed Heads, NSW, where she died, before drifting north for about 30km.
According to police, the family had been living in parks and seeking shelter between Tweed Heads in NSW and Surfers Paradise.
The baby’s father, a homeless 47-year-old man, was charged on November 22 with murdering his daughter whose body was found on a Surfers Paradise beach by passers-by three days earlier.
According to court documents seen by the Gold Coast Bulletin, the father told the mother he was taking to baby to an elder but instead threw her into the Tweet River.
Police reportedly claimed he left the baby’s mother and their other child in a mall car park for half and hour while he got rid of the baby, allegedly believing she was possessed by demons.