LATEST UPDATE: Tributes left for baby who died at Surfers Paradise, as parents are arrested

This is such tragic news

November 19 2018

The parents of a nine-month-old girl whose body was found on the beach at Surfers Paradise were homeless and raising their baby on the streets.

The baby girl was found on the edge of the surf near Staghorn Ave last night.

Despite desperate attempts to revive her, police and paramedics confirmed that the little girl had died and her 48-year-old father and 23-year-old mother are being questioned in police custody after being found about five kilometres away in Broadbeach.




Tributes for the little girl have been left at the beach as residents struggle to come to terms with what has happened so close to home. 

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said the death was traumatic for everyone involved.

"This is a very tragic event. It's a very sad situation," he said.

"It will impact a lot of people."





Inspector Hogan said it appeared the girl had been in the water, but denied there were no obvious wounds or injuries.

"Not that I could see," he said.





A passer-by found the baby's body at the edge of the surf and raised the alarm but police say there was no chance that she could be revived.

Inspector Hogan described the beach where the girl was found as "not your typical crime scene".

He said a ground and air search had found little evidence, which might give "some indication of what may have happened".

Homicide detectives from Queensland and NSW police are involved in the investigation.