Police are investigating the “tragic case” of a baby girl who sadly died at the weekend.
It has been alleged that the child originally sustained her injuries at just 41 days old.
Officers originally found her unresponsive after being called to a home in Whyalla Stuart, Adelaide, in June 2016.
The child was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital suffering severe brain damage and limb injuries, and had been in 24/7 care.
She died on Saturday, Detective Inspector Gregory Hutchins from the Major Crime Unit said this afternoon.
Last year a 27-year-old man was initially charged with aggravated assault causing serious harm, aggravated assault causing harm and criminal neglect, while a 23-year-old woman was charged with criminal neglect.
The charges were later withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Inspector Hutchins said the death of the little girl has been declared a Major Crime and consideration was being given to appropriate charges.
“This is a tragic case,” he said. “This little girl required 24-7 nursing care her entire life and today I’m appealing for anyone with information that could assist to come forward.
“Anyone who might have thought that things were going to go away or get better, or anyone who just thought it was not their place to step up, I say ‘now is the time’,” Det. Insp. Hutchins said.
“This little girl deserved better, and now deserves the truth.
POLICE NOTE: for cultural reasons the extended family has requested that the name and image of this child not be published at this time.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/ – Information can be provided anonymously.
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