UPDATE: Family to support mum accused of Gold Coast baby's death

She has appeared in court again

December 18 2018


The family of a woman whose baby girl drowned after being tossed into the Tweed River will has been released on bail, but will be in the care of a supervised mental health facility.

The mum, who cannot be identified, will plead not guilty to the charge of recklessly failing to provide her daughter with the necessities of life.

The 23-year-old has a history of mental illness, and her lawyer, Tom Ivey, told the court the family was “very supportive”. He admitted they will help settle the woman into the facility, where she will undergo treatment.


Australia was shocked when the baby’s dad, a homeless 47-year-old, was charged with murdering his daughter, whose body was found at Surfers Paradise by passers-by three days earlier.

It was alleged the little girl was thrown into the water at Tweed Heads in NSW, where she drowned, before her body drifted north for about 30km.

The couple, who were living homeless, have a second child, a two-year-old boy, and he remains in foster care. 

Court documents obtained by AAP reveal the 23-year-old mum has a history of mental illness.

The documents refer to diary entries made by the mother where she wrote that her daughter was the “devil”.

One entry calls for her partner to be released.

“Free that black man from his chains for he is innocent I do say. For he did slay the one you call the devil,” she wrote.