New South Wales Police are expected to travel to Queensland on Wednesday to seek the extradition of a man in relation to the death of a nine-month-old girl who was found unresponsive on a Gold Coast beach.
It is anticipated the 48-year-old male, who is reportedly the father of the baby, will return with detectives to NSW where he will be charged with a warrant.
According to police the baby died in New South Wales before she was found by the water’s edge in Surfers Paradise.
Police and paramedics were called to Staghorn Avenue, the Esplande, at about 12.30am on Monday to attend to the young girl who was unresponsive on the beach.
Emergency services officers conducted CPR at the scene, however, they were unable to save the baby girl and she was declared deceased at the scene.
The parents of the baby, a 48-year-old male and his 23-year-old partner were reportedly homeless and living in parks near Surfers Paradise.
According to Nine News the couple had been living in makeshift camps in nearby parks and sand dunes after moving from the Tweed Heads area just over the New South Wales border to the Gold Coast.
Queensland Police confirmed on Tuesday the couple were known to police and have been assisting with the investigation since their nine-month-old child was discovered on the shoreline.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports the couple also have a two-year-old son, who is now in the care of the Department of Child Safety.
New South Wales Police confirmed on Tuesday night they will take over the investigation with help from the their Queensland counterparts.
“Whilst investigators from Tweed/Byron Police District will lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death under Strike Force Palua, they will continue to work closely with Queensland Police Service detectives,” they said in a statement.
Surfers Paradise is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist spots and is often teeming with late-night revellers during the summer.
The tragic incident occurred during one of the Gold Coast’s busiest weeks of the year, with thousands of school leavers descending upon its sands for Schoolies Week.
Police have confirmed the girl’s death was not schoolies related.