The Northern Territory’s children’s commissioner is undertaking preliminary enquiries following the death of a four-month-old girl in Katherine on Sunday morning.
- NT Police is awaiting the result of an autopsy
- Police say they are investigating the death and will prepare a report for the coroner
- The town of Katherine is 320 kilometres south of Darwin
A 21-year-old woman was in police custody at the time of the baby’s death.
“The children’s commissioner is aware of the tragic death of the baby in Katherine and received a briefing on Wednesday morning,” commissioner Colleen Gwynne said in a statement.
“The commissioner has formally requested further information and is undertaking preliminary enquiries including a review of family history and interactions with services.”
Police issued a media release concerning the baby’s death on Wednesday night, three days after the incident.
Full report will go to the Coroner
A statement from NT Police said it was investigating the death.
“The matter is still under investigation and a full report on the circumstances will be delivered to the coroner.”
NT Police says the death is not being considered suspicious and they are waiting on results of an autopsy.
“This is a tragic event and the police are focused on completing a thorough investigation into all of the circumstances.”
On Thursday, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner declined to comment on the matter.
“My understanding is there is an active investigation there and I can’t comment on that,” Mr Gunner said.