Homicide investigation into death of boy who was thought to have drowned

Queensland police are investigating the death of a four-year-old boy in the Mackay region after a post-mortem indicated he did not drown as first thought.

Oct 27, 2021, updated Oct 27, 2021

The boy’s death on August 29 at Munburra, near Sarina, was initially reported as a suspected drowning in a residential pool, but the scientific findings have led to detectives re-examining the case.

Results indicate “the cause of death was inconsistent with drowning”, Queensland Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

“A post-mortem and scientific examination has now indicated the cause of death was inconsistent with drowning and as such, police have commenced a homicide investigation codenamed Operation Tango Anise.

“The circumstances surrounding how and why the child was located in the pool remain under investigation at this time.”

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Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said the boy lived with his mother and the family had been cooperative with police.

“We’re dealing with the death of a four-year-old boy and obviously a small child … relies heavily on the care of other people,” he said on Thursday.

“His death is treated with the upmost seriousness of any other homicide that we would be conducting.”


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