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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