Bundaberg West, Queensland: Shock twist in four-month-old baby death as teenage couple are investigated after boy was found with ‘unexplained’ injuries

  • Baby boy dies on Saturday
  • He was in hospital last week
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A teenage couple are being investigated over the death of a baby after the four-month-old was found with injuries that have not been explained. 

The baby boy, named Lucas, died suddenly at the Queensland Children’s Hospital on Sunday. 

Paramedics were called to a home on Electra street at Bundaberg West on February 26 before the baby was rushed to Bundaberg Hospital just after 5pm.

The baby was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital the following morning. 

The child died just days later on March 3. 

A baby boy named Lucas has died after being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment

Queensland Police said in a statement that officers are now investigating the death of the baby. 

‘Detectives from Bundaberg Child Protection and Investigation Unit and specialist police from Crime and Intelligence Command’s Child Trauma Unit have commenced an investigation into the matter,’ the said.

At a press conference on Tuesday morning Detective Inspector Wade Lee said police has been made aware the child had suffered several injuries. 

‘As a result of the injuries suffered by that four month old child, that child has died on Sunday,’ Inspector Lee said.  

He said detectives are looking into a ‘number of issues’ relating to the injuries the baby sustained that ‘aren’t explained’. 

The extent of the injuries the child suffered are not yet known and a post mortem is yet to be conducted. 

According to reports Bundaberg Hospital contacted the local Child Protection Unit after the baby was taken to hospital. 

Mr Lee said the couple were not previously known to Child Protection authorities and they are not currently taking care of any other children. 

The four-month-old  baby (pictured) died only days after being airlifted to Queensland Children's Hospital

The four-month-old  baby (pictured) died only days after being airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital

‘Police are currently dealing with the couple but as you can imagine this is a very distressing incident for the couple, so we are dealing with them and we are moving through the investigation as best we can,’ he said. 

Mr Lee said authorities are trying to understand how the baby had been cared for and who was primarily responsible for looking after the child. 

Police are trying to retrace the movements of the couple and the child as they travelled to several places in Bundaberg west on the day the baby was taken to hospital. 

‘We’re wanting to hear from any members of the community about the movement and the activities around the couple and the deceased child,’ Mr Lee said. 

‘This is a particularly delicate and said incident because of the vulnerable nature of the child’.  

No one has been charged and police have urged anyone with information about the death of the baby boy to come forward. 

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