1. Father of baby found dead on Gold Coast beach thought she was ‘possessed’.
Friends of the family told 7News the baby was shuffled back and forth between Queensland and New South Wales before the nine-month-old’s body was found washed up on the beach on Monday.
One friend said the girl was a “beautiful baby”. The baby’s father is believed to have told police she was possessed by demons.
Police have since established that the girl actually died across the border in NSW.
Queensland’s Department of Child Safety has been slammed following the tragedy. The department knew that the child and her parents were homeless.
“If this baby was living in a tent, on a beach, and child services knew about it, what the hell were they doing leaving that child there?” Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington told media.
Queensland Minister for Children Di Farmer would not reveal what the department knew about the family’s circumstances.
The baby’s four-year-old brother is with the Department of Child Safety, according to 7News.
Police divers were conducting searches at Tweed Heads on Tuesday, after the nine-month-old’s body was found early on Monday.
It’s understood post-mortem results show the little girl drowned and may have been placed in the water at Tweed Heads, with her body eventually washing up 30 kilometres north at Surfers Paradise.
The baby’s 47-year-old father is being extradited from Queensland by NSW Police on Wednesday. He will be charged on his return to NSW.
Her 23-year-old mother remains in custody but has not been charged.
2. Disturbing details emerge about Jarryd Hayne’s alleged sexual assault.
Breaking: A 26-year-old woman who suffered an alleged sexual assault at the hands of Jarryd Hayne suffered bite wounds so severe she was left bleeding profusely, police say | @LucyCormack https://t.co/YTlBXYQLJC
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) November 20, 2018