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Detectives applaud baby murder charge

Inspector Bruce McNab at a media conference in Gympie on Friday.
Inspector Bruce McNab at a media conference in Gympie on Friday. Contributed

A GAUNT-LOOKING man appeared in a Brisbane court for a matter of minutes on Friday charged over the suspicious death of a one-month-old girl in her Gunalda home.

Michael John Humphreys, 28, stood charged with murder, failing to provide the necessaries for life, assault occasioning bodily harm and torture following the infant's death in Gunalda, near Gympie, in 2012.

He did not apply for bail. People charged with murder can only make a bail application in the supreme court.

Wide Bay Burnett Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police quickly ruled out sudden infant death syndrome as the cause of the girl's death during their 18-month investigation.

He said police would allege the death happened overnight in September, 2012, after the baby was put to bed in her cot.

Mr McNab said police would allege the girl was assaulted and received "extensive injuries".

He also said the baby's mother and grandmother were "distraught and distressed".

"... as you would expect - to have a four-week-old child pass away is traumatic," he said.

Mr McNab said the women no longer lived in Gunalda but had helped detectives during the investigation.

He applauded the work of investigators from Maryborough Child Protection Unit and State Crime Command's Child Trauma Taskforce.

"It takes a special sort of detective (to handle a case like this)," he said on Friday.

"They should be commended."

Mr McNab said vital information had also been attained from people in Queensland and interstate.

Mr Humpreys, now from Beenleigh, will return to Brisbane Magistrates Court for a committal callover on March 17.

Gympie Times

Topics:  baby, brisbane, crime, gunalda, maryborough police, murder charge




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