A baby girl whose body was found washed up on a Gold Coast beach was spotted playing happily with her mother just hours before she’s believed to have died, it has been claimed.
A friend, who claims she knew the parents of the tragic infant, told the Daily Mail she saw the mother doting on her daughter at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, on the border between QLD and NSW, hours before she disappeared and was later found dead.
Robin, who says she previously spent a lot of time with the family as she lives in a motorhome and would camp near them from time to time, claimed the mother’s love for her daughter was clear to see.
“I watched her play with that baby all afternoon, she loved that baby,” she told the publication.
“She was kissing it, the baby was bouncing up and down, reaching up to grab her face. That was her last afternoon in the sun.”
Tragically, the baby girl’s body was found in the early hours of Monday morning around 30 kilometres north from there, near Surfer’s Paradise beach.
The mother was initially arrested alongside the baby’s father, but has since been released from police custody.
A 48-year-old man was later charged with the murder of the nine-month-old baby girl. According to ABC, the baby’s father – who can’t be named due to legal reasons – was extradited from Queensland and arrived at Tweed Heads police station in New South Wales on Wednesday evening. He was refused bail and faced the Tweed Heads Magistrates Court via video link on Thursday morning.
The parents of the baby were reportedly homeless and living in parks near Surfers Paradise before moving down to the NSW border shortly before their baby was found dead.
Now according to multiple reports, court documents – seen by the Gold Coast Bulletin – indicate police will allege in court that the father lied to his partner about where he was taking their baby on the night she’s claimed to have died.
It’s claimed that police have alleged he told his partner he was taking the baby to see an elder, leaving her alone with their son for around half an hour before returning without their daughter.
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.