MENTALLY ill father ‘sacrificed’ baby in a river in Australia
A nine-month-old baby girl washed up on Surfers Paradise beach, Australia after her 9-year-old father tossed her in a river. The mentally ill man told police he believed the world would end if he didn’t ‘sacrifice’ her before her first birthday.
The homeless man allegedly carried his daughter through torrential rain and “cast her” into the Tweed River as a ‘sacrifice’ as his partner and young son sheltered in the Tweed Mall car park on November 17, 2018.
“It is possible (she) had already been smothered. However, it is more likely she was still alive and drowned,” crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell said in his opening address.
The father of two has a long history of delusional beliefs involving infants and suffered from a schizophrenic disorder. The family at times in a tent at Broadbeach, in a motel room at Surfers Paradise and out of a van at Chris Cunningham Park on the banks of the Tweed.
He also told police the girl was a “corruption” and a “demon”, contending it was his “prophecy” to kill her.
The accused man cannot be named, as doing so would identify his son. The trial continues.
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