Private funeral for slain baby

Police enter the property at Gracemere where a baby was shot to death on Tuesday, July 6.
Police enter the property at Gracemere where a baby was shot to death on Tuesday, July 6. File

A PRIVATE funeral will be held in the small Central Queensland town of Duaringa today for the baby who was killed in Gracemere’s shooting tragedy.

The family of the eight-month-old boy, who was allegedly shot in the head by his mother, have requested privacy during the service this afternoon.

The boy was killed on Tuesday, July 6, at a Zamia Way home in Gracemere, 5km south-west of Rockhampton, about 7.50pm.

Neighbours tried their best to save the fatally injured baby.

His father, a 36-year-old Blackwater man, was also shot, suffering a gunshot wound to his stomach.

The mother, assumed by police to have fired both shots, died just 10 minutes later when the car she was driving slammed into a tree.

The 22-year-old was privately cremated last week and her ashes flown to family in Melbourne.

The man was released from Rockhampton Hospital last week also and is expected to be well enough to attend his son’s funeral.

Police say he will make a full recovery, but fellow football team mates fear he might not be able to play sport again.

He underwent a number of operations in hospital during his recovery.

It is believed all the photos the man had of his baby boy were on his phone which was destroyed when the woman crashed his black utility along Upper Dawson Road.

The man and the woman were divorced last year, having only been married for a few months.

Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker said police were still investigating a number of lines of inquiry and were yet to finalise their report for the coroner.

One of the lines of inquiry they are still focusing on his where and how the woman obtained two .22 calibre handguns.

One was found at her Gracemere home and the other in the car she crashed.

She was not a holder of a gun licence.

The Morning Bulletin is continuing to follow legal advice which prevents it from identifying the mother, father or baby.


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