The premature infant allegedly bashed by his teenage father
while being treated in a West Australian hospital has died,
authorities have confirmed.
Police claim the month-old baby was attacked while being
visited at Bunbury Regional Hospital on the night of February
The baby has been on life support at Princess Margaret
Hospital since last week, and was taken into the care of the
Department for Child Protection, leaving chief executive
Terry Murphy to make all medical decisions.
Late on Monday, a spokesman for Mr Murphy said the baby had
died in the presence of his family.
"I would like to express my sadness at this tragic loss, and
offer my sincerest condolences to all members of the family.
I ask everyone to please be aware of the sensitivities and
needs of the family and respect their privacy at this
difficult time," Mr Murphy said.
Mr Murphy said he had not had to make the decision to turn
off life support.
"The department is continuing to work with the family and is
providing appropriate support services," Mr Murphy said.
"The coroner and the ombudsman will now undertake
investigations to establish cause of death and to review the
circumstances and events which preceded this tragedy."
The 15-year-old father - who himself was under the care of
the state - has been charged with aggravated grievous bodily
Authorities revealed last week that the alleged assault
occurred when the mother left the room to heat up some food
during a visit, a day or so before the infant was due to move
into her family's home.
WA Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said she was
saddened to hear the news and also offered her condolences to
the child's family.