Australian policeman charged with murder over son’s death

Canberra, Jan 30 (IANS) A Queensland Police senior constable in Australia has been charged with murder over the death of his baby son.

Police charged the man after a probe by the child trauma task force within the child safety and sexual crime group, state crime command and the ethical standards command, ABC reported.

The investigation was related to the death of a two-month-old boy in Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bayside on June 28, 2014.

The officer from the Brisbane region, who had already been suspended from duty with the Queensland Police Service, is due to appear in a regional court on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said he could not release too many details about the case but confirmed “there were fairly significant injuries to the baby”.

“Our community needs to have confidence, in fact great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crimes, that its police service will be relentless and committed in ensuring that the investigations are brought to conclusion and that the offenders are brought to justice,” he said.

“I’m a father — these sorts of crimes, irrespective of who commits them, are tragic and terrible.

“I can only say that we are committed, as we have been in this instance, to making sure the offender is brought to justice,” he said.

Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said they would have kept the investigation away from public attention regardless of who was involved.

“In terms of any sort of infant homicide, they aren’t necessarily made known to the media,” she said.

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said the officer was suspended on full pay but now that he had been charged this would be reviewed.

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