Specialists probe shooting tragedy

Detective Supt Jon Wacker
Detective Supt Jon Wacker Sharyn O'neill

THE death of an eight-month-old baby in Gracemere’s shooting tragedy last week has been referred to the Child Death Review team, Premier Anna Bligh says.

But police yesterday said there would not be a review until they finalised their investigation and prepared a report for the coroner.

Ms Bligh said the child protection system may be reviewed depending on the results of a coronial inquest.

“The death of this child has been referred to the Child Death Review team that is chaired by the Queensland Children’s Commissioner and to the coroner,” she said.

“This death will be thoroughly investigated and if there are any indications of any need to change the Child Protection System, then that lesson will be learnt.”

The Child Death Review is responsible for a number of functions relating to child deaths in Queensland including researching the risk factors associated with the deaths and making recommendations to prevent such deaths occurring; as well as preparing annual reports.

Last financial year 519 child deaths were reported to the Review, four of those involved a fatal assault and/or neglect.

Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker said investigations were underway to establish movements on that fateful night.

A baby boy is believed to have been killed by his mother, a 22-year-old Gracemere woman, who also shot her ex-husband.

The ex-husband, 36, was believed to have been visiting her Zamia Way home to see their child when the incident took place.

He was shot in the stomach and it’s believed the boy was shot in the head.

Neighbours frantically tried to save the boy, while the mother fled the home and minutes later crashed the car she was driving.

She died a few hours later in hospital from severe head injuries.

The man is expected to make a full recovery.

Police are also still trying to track down how the woman acquired two .22 calibre handguns.

One gun was found in the car she crashed and the other at her home.

She did not have a gun licence.

A Queensland Health spokeswoman yesterday said the man was still in a stable condition and recovering at Rockhampton Hospital.

The Morning Bulletin has received legal advice which prevents it naming the mother, father or baby involved in this incident.

More than 40 police are working on the investigation and have set up a major incident room.


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