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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Murder-suicide probe after Melbourne dad makes horrifying discovery

A mother is under police guard in hospital following the death of her baby boy at their home in Melbourne’s northeast.

Emergency services were called to a house in Mernda about 9pm on Friday following reports a child had been critically injured.

Police arrived to find a 36-year-old woman with critical injuries to her upper body, and a six-month-old baby boy unconscious nearby.

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Nation World News has been told the boy’s father made the discovery when he returned home. He called triple-0 and performed CPR but his son was unable to be revived.

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The woman was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she remains under police guard.

Emergency Services Were Called To A House In Mernda About 9Pm On Friday.
Emergency services were called to a house in Mernda about 9pm on Friday. Credit: Nation World News
The Six-Month-Old Baby Boy Couldn'T Be Saved.
The six-month-old baby boy couldn’t be saved. Credit: Nation World News

Victoria Police said it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage.

Homicide detectives are now investigating if the family tragedy was an attempted murder-suicide.

“It’s actually very hard to comprehend … it’s devastating, absolutely, nothing worse,” one neighbor told Nation World News. “You come past the scene and you see the front door is open and you just want to go in and grab the baby, but it’s not there … it’s horrible.”

Another local said: “It is really, really heartbreaking … the little boy hasn’t even lived their life.”

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