Queensland police charge woman with murder of nine-month-old boy found dead in Ipswich home

Queensland Police have charged a 34-year-old woman with the murder of a nine-month-old boy in a suburb of Ipswich, west of Brisbane, last year.

Police will allege the child died from neglect.

Detective Acting Superintendent of the Southern Region, David Briese, said paramedics discovered the child’s body at a Sonter Street address in Raceview on June 21 last year, and a major investigation commenced.

“As of this morning, a 34-year-old female has been charged with murder in relation to the deceased child, and has also been charged with interfering with a corpse, as well as failing to provide the necessities of life,” he said.

“That 34-year-old female will be attending court at Ipswich tomorrow.”

The State Crime Child Trauma Taskforce and Ipswich Child Investigation unit were both involved in the investigation.

“At this point in time I’m also appealing for a 41-year-old man who was residing at the address where the deceased child was found at the time … to come forward. We would like to speak to him further and we believe he can assist us,” Acting Superintendent Briese said.

Police said the charges were the result of meticulous investigative work since June last year, rather than any “great breakthrough”.

“As you can understand in such matters where it involves children, we, like everyone, would like to have it solved quickly, to be wrapped up, but we have to be meticulous and step through everything,” he said.

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