Detectives investigate suspicious baby death in Long Gully

UPDATE:

THE results of a post mortem on an 11-month-old boy at the centre of a homicide squad investigation will not be made public.

Police are continuing to investigate the suspicious death of the Bendigo infant.

"The homicide squad have reviewed the results of the post mortem and these results will form part of the ongoing investigation," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said today.

"They're medical documents so we're not able to release them.

"Otherwise, there are no real updates on the situation."


EARLIER:

By Nicole Ferrie

POLICE are hoping the results of a post mortem on an 11-month-old boy will help them determine which way to move with their investigation into the child's death.

The homicide squad is today continuing to investigate the suspicious death of the Bendigo infant.

Inspector Mark Edwards said a post mortem on the baby boy's body was still being carried out and the parents were assisting police with inquiries.

"We hope the results will give the investigators some sort of direction as to which way they're going to go,'' he said.

Police were en route to the Eaglehawk Road property on Friday morning responding to a reported burglary when they were notified a child had died.

Three burglaries at properties in the same area are being investigated, including the house where the child lived.

It remains unknown whether the burglaries and the child's death are linked.

Inspector Edwards said the baby's death was a tragedy that affected the whole community.


EARLIER:

By Brett Worthington

HOMICIDE detectives and Bendigo investigators were last night trying to piece together the tragic death of an 11-month-old boy.

The boy died at Bendigo Hospital yesterday morning after a cardiac arrest.

Bendigo Inspector Mark Edwards said police were called to Eaglehawk Road, Long Gully, for a reported burglary at 7am.

“On the way to that address, they received another call in relation to an 11-month-old boy who was taken to the Bendigo Hospital,” he said.

“Police are now investigating the death of that young child, also the burglary at the address in Long Gully.”

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics were alerted to the incident at 7.29am.

He said three crews responded to the scene, with the first arriving at 7.39am.

The spokesman said the child was loaded at 7.42am and arrived at the hospital at 7.52am.

He said the child had experienced a cardiac arrest and was in a critical condition when he arrived at the hospital.

Police were unable to comment on whether the parents were home at the time of the burglary or how the child was injured.

“It is tragic. A young child has died and that in anyone’s language is tragic,” Inspector Edwards said.

Inspector Edwards said it was too early to ascertain how the child had died.

He said the homicide squad had ordered a post-mortem to help with the investigation.

Neighbours said police, who cordoned off the house, doorknocked the street seeking information about the incident.

Inspector Edwards said the child’s parents, who also had a second child, were helping police with their investigations.

“As in any death of this nature, the boy’s parents are assisting us with our inquiries,” he said.

“They were the last people to see the boy in good health or alive. So naturally they are assisting us with our inquiries.”

Inspector Edwards said it was too early to draw a connection between the burglary and death.

He said police were investigating two other burglaries that took place near the Long Gully home overnight.

“We are investigating those burglaries and whether or not they are linked. We don’t know yet, it’s too early,” Inspector Edwards said.

Forensic investigators inspected the house about 1pm yesterday.

Inspector Edwards said police were treating the death as suspicious.

“It is like any death that is not expected. We investigate it on behalf of the coroner and this is no different,” he said.

“The reason the homicide squad are here, they are the experts in death. So why wouldn’t you call the homicide squad?

“They’re assisting our detectives with the investigation.”

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