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Baby died days after authorities received two notifications fearing for her safety.

Baby, Ariah, sadly died at just seven months old on September 19 in Launceston, Tasmania. Concerns were first raised about the baby’s welfare on September 7 and again on September 12, according to Tasmanian Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma.

The tip-offs made allegations about her mother’s parenting and the Child Safety Service began an assessment, reports Daily Mail.

Police investigating her death raided CSS offices in Launceston on Tuesday, the same day as the little girl’s funeral, armed with a search warrant.

‘An assessment was actively being undertaken,’ said Tasmanian Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma.

‘I am advised the parent and baby were last visited by a child health nurse on September 11, 2017.’

Tasmanian Police said detectives were investigating the death and would prepare a report for the coroner.

‘Initial investigations indicate the seven-month-old child died whilst being bathed,’ Inspector Philippa Burk said.

‘It is standard procedure in such an investigation that records are sought from a number of relevant agencies,’ it said.

‘This procedure is undertaken with the full cooperation of the agencies.’

No charges have yet been laid. There has been no suggestion that the mother is responsible for the baby’s death.

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  • Sad . Hopefully her mum is getting better .

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  • Hope the procedures put in place will help this poor mother to cope.

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  • Very sad. I hope the mother is being properly supported.

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  • Poor baby Ariah, may she rest in peace and find comfort in heaven.

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  • very hard to comment when we don’t know the full circumstances but either way, i feel sorry for this child. Her name is beautiful though

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  • Oh, so tragic. Let’s hope it was just an “accident”. :-(

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  • oh this is a sad story – may she rest in peace

    I love how the article says”police raided the CSS offices” but then later on it says “it’s procedure that records are sought” and it’s “undertaken with the full cooperation of the agencies” – they why raid the CSS offices? Surely that’s a bit dramatic to obtain files!

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  • Poor little angel. Someone let her down somewhere. I hate these stories.

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  • How tragic! Rest in Peace little angel xx

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  • In my own experience the child protection agency has no continuity of care, if the parents live in different towns they see different members of staff, makes it really difficult to build a rapport with the whole family and individual situations

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  • Rest in peace little bubba.

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  • This is such a sad situation. RIP little angel.
    Lots of judgement being cast with not all circumstances being available. Maybe more support networks should be about for young parents in particular

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  • Need to know more on this story before commenting.

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