Police on Saturday charged a Queensland Police senior constable with murder over the death of his baby son. The 38-year-old male senior constable from Brisbane was charged over the death of his two-month-old boy at a Victoria Point home Brisbane’s bayside on June 28, 2014.
The officer, who had already been suspended from duty with the Queensland Police Service, is now scheduled appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, the official website reports. The former officer was charged following a joint investigation into the death of the baby was carried out by the child trauma taskforce within the child safety and sexual crime group, state crime command and the ethical standards command.
According to Mail Online, the senior constable was not on duty at the time of the alleged murder. No more details about the intent and nature of murder are available at this time.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said that the two-month-old son succumbed to “fairly significant injuries” at his Victoria Point home in Brisbane’s east in June 2014. Gollschewski did not divulge more details but added that the officer involved was suspended about a month after the child’s death.
According to Sky News, the suspended officer, who has now been charged of murdering his own baby, was on full pay until now. “The usual procedure we have is when under investigation, before any charges are laid, the officers are suspended on pay,” Gollschewski told reporters on Saturday, the website reported.
“Now that he has been charged that will be reviewed and consideration will be given to suspension without pay. That’s a technical legal matter that has to be considered properly,” he added.
Gollschewski called the incident “very tragic” and said that it lead to the “devastation of a family.” He also defended the time taken by the investigative agencies to arrive to a conclusion. “These types of investigations are very difficult, challenging and, in this instance, quite protracted.”