Infant dies in tragic fall

An address in Spring Street, Yeppoon, where a seven-week-old girl died in an accident on Saturday.
An address in Spring Street, Yeppoon, where a seven-week-old girl died in an accident on Saturday. CHRIS ISON

CENTRAL Queensland has suffered its third death of a young child in two weeks and even Premier Anna Bligh has offered her thoughts for the family of the latest victim.

A man was carrying a seven-week-old girl on the front deck of a Spring Street house at Yeppoon about 12.30pm on Saturday when a floorboard gave way and he fell forward with the girl slipping from his grip over the railing and falling three metres.

The traumatised family of the girl has been offered counselling.

Premier Bligh described the accident as “shocking” and “very painful for the family”.

“The family will be in terrible grief, my heart goes out to them,” she said.

A 16-month-old baby drowned after a boat submerged off the Capricorn Coast on May 15, and a nine-month-old girl died after being left in a car in Rockhampton on Wednesday.

Detective Sergeant Craig Strohfeldt, of Yeppoon CIB, described the child’s death yesterday as a tragic accident.

He said the seven-week-old baby girl was pronounced dead on arrival at Rockhampton Hospital after an ambulance crew had worked on her at the scene of the fall.

He read a statement which said: “On Saturday at around midday there was a tragic accident in Spring Street and as a result of that accident a seven-week-old baby girl has died from injuries she received. Police are investigating.”

Police are unable to provide any details, for privacy reasons, into the relationship of the man carrying the child, or whether they reside in Spring Street.

A crime scene has been established at the property while officers determine the cause of the accident. The Coroner has been informed.

No-one has been arrested and police are treating the death as accidental at this stage.

A police media spokeswoman said a report would be prepared for the Coroner after the initial investigations were completed and Workplace Health and Safety had been notified.

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