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Child 'thrown from Melbourne bridge' UPDATE Girl has died

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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:21 PM
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Child 'thrown from Melbourne bridge'


news.ninemsn.com.au

A child — believed to be a girl aged between four and five years — was found in the water under the bridge and was believed to be still alive, police said.

The child was located near the Scienceworks Technology Museum after 9am (AEDT) today.

Paramedics were called to the scene just after 9.30am, Ambulance Victoria senior media liaison officer Paul Bentley said.

"A young child has been found near the bridge on the ground ... and has been taken to the banks of the river and is in the care of paramedics and they are currently trying to resuscitate the child," Mr Bentley told Fairfax Radio Network.

Police told AAP said it was believed the young girl had been thrown from the bridge.

(visit the link for the full news article)



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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:21 PM
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Well todays news is certainly depressing. First the man in the USA killing his five children and wife, now a news article like this.

I just can't get over this kind of behaviour. I will be listening to updates to find out more on this but this has certainly spoilt my day.

Just can't fathom this sort of thing.

So far the child is still alive but the only report so far is that they are trying to resuscitate her.

Pray that she will survive and the person/s who have done this are brought to justice!

news.ninemsn.com.au
(visit the link for the full news article)


Mr Bentley has told ABC radio that the child had been flown by helicopter to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition.

"The child suffered fairly extensive injuries and the paramedics spent some time trying to resuscitate the child," he said.

Ambulance Victoria was called just after 9.30am to a report of a child in the water underneath the West Gate Bridge, Mr Bentley said.

"I understand the police boat was used to get the child from the water to the Yarraville side."

The West Gate is 58m above Melbourne's Yarra River.

More to come.


I was in Melbourne last week, that is one hell of a drop...

*&%$#





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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:27 PM
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Just saw this story on the Ch 10 11 am news in Sydney.

I could not believe what I was hearing


We always ask ourselves "How could anyone do this to a child"?


UPDATE UPDATE!!!!

Just reported that a man has been arrested. The little girl is still alive as at 11.27 Sydney time.


take care all
res



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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:30 PM
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Royal Childrens Hospital is one of the best in the world.

What it boils down to is this: How long was her brain without oxygen. In too many cases you can pump the body full of enough drugs to get a heart beat back but everything that made this little girl special and unique may be gone if it was more than 3-4 minutes


24 hours post insult is the witching hour. Its when you will the most cerebral edema. This will be the critical stage.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:31 PM
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I send my thoughts and prayers from America to this little girl!

And for the person that did this, well..I won't go on to elaborate.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 07:32 PM
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I find this absolutely distressing. As a Melbournian who has travelled the West Gate Bridge I can tell you it's an enourmous drop. But as a father of a beautiful and innocent 4 year old girl I am shattered to think anyone could do this.

My prayers for the girl, those who love her and to the medical staff assisting her.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 08:05 PM
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It's fairly common for people to jump from the Westgate. It's never reported much, as they don't like to promote suicide.

I kind of indirectly know a cop, who worked out of the Flinders St station. They used to get to the bridge in about 4 minutes with the sirens on full... most of the time, it was still too late.

There's been calls for suicide nets or fencing to be installed in the next round of upgrades to the bridge.

In this instance though, it's not suicide, it's attempted murder... yuck.


ImageSource:www.theage.com.au...

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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 08:09 PM
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Hopefully the girl makes a full recovery...physically and mentally...

I hope the bastard who threw her gets what's coming to him in prison.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 08:19 PM
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Originally posted by answerman
As a Melbournian who has travelled the West Gate Bridge I can tell you it's an enourmous drop.

It's a massive drop. I used to crap myself driving semi trailers over it. Kept wondering if the bridge would collapse due to the weight of the truck (it did in 1970).

How she survived is a miracle. I hope she pulls through, and makes a full recovery.

P.S. That photo makes the bridge look small compared to when you are up there.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:04 PM
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Originally posted by NuclearPaul

Originally posted by answerman
As a Melbournian who has travelled the West Gate Bridge I can tell you it's an enourmous drop.

It's a massive drop. I used to crap myself driving semi trailers over it. Kept wondering if the bridge would collapse due to the weight of the truck (it did in 1970).

How she survived is a miracle. I hope she pulls through, and makes a full recovery.

P.S. That photo makes the bridge look small compared to when you are up there.


Yes it is... I drove over it last week and it is scary... everytime I drive over it, I think of the 1970 collapse. It is chaos all times of the day going over it.

What I am surprised at is that cameras are everywhere... ???? also the upgrades that are going on on the bridge at the moment... why the heck didn't anyone see the guy and stop it happening?

so much for cctv...ok post event...



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:27 PM
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NEWS JUST IN:
Girl, 4, 'thrown' from Melbourne's West Gate Bridge

OMG this just gets worse:


THE man held over the West Gate Bridge plunge asked security guards to take his children before being arrested.
A four-year-old girl was pulled from the water by police close to the pumping station at Spotswood about 9.30am today after apparently being thrown from the bridge.

Despite reports that she had died, the Royal Children's Hospital insists she remains alive but is in a critical condition.

A 35-year-old Hawthorn man was arrested after security staff at the Commonwealth Law Courts on the corner of Williams and La Trobe Streets noticed him standing in the foyer with two children.

He is believed to be the father of the girl allegedly thrown from the bridge and was involved in a Family Court matter in the Federal Magistrates Court yesterday.

The man was an applicant in a Family Law matter where custody of three children was the issue and the mother was the respondent.

There was a hearing of the case yesterday and sources said that the matter was ongoing and no decision had been made. continued



Security staff noticed that the man was shaking and staring with wild eyes. One described the man as catatonic.

He was clearly distressed and crying, witnesses said. He was in the foyer for 30 minutes while staff offered him drinks in an effort to calm him down.

One onlooker said the man "looked like he had had enough".


so issue the day before in the FAMILY COURT and the next day he does this??


"Everyone at the scene did a fantastic job and we're very focused on doing everything they could for the child," Mr Weston said.

Homicide squad Det-Insp Steve Clark said the incident was very distressing.

"It's particularly distressing for family members but also for witnesses who saw it," he said.

"A number of those are upset and I have got a number of police here who have young children themselves who have had to deal with this and they are obviously upset," he said.

He said water police were on the scene within 10 minutes to drag the four-year-old girl from the water.

He said it appeared no one on the bridge had time to stop the man


OMG


UPDATE

She has died

Four-year-old girl dies after West Gate Bridge plunge

The child died early this afternoon in the Royal Children’s Hospital from her injuries, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.






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[edit on 28-1-2009 by Thurisaz]



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:42 PM
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That makes him a murderer now. There's really no defence against throwing a kid from a bridge.

I've got a feeling that he might pay big time in the courts for this.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:43 PM
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the little girl has died from internal injuries. Poor little baby. Her 36 year old father is to be charged with murder.

read more at the link below

www.news.com.au...



res



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:45 PM
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Sorry...did not see your previous post announcing the that the little girl had died. (doing three things at once). Apologies.



Not a one liner



res



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 11:30 PM
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The way our system works he will be out in twenty years.

It saddens me to think how someone can do this.



posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 11:55 PM
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My heart dropped when I saw the update a minute ago.

They made it sound like they thought she was gonna make a recovery.

Did anyone see this happen? The bridge looks well traveled.



posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 12:31 AM
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This is an awful story to hear. Poor baby. I don't understand how anyone can do something like that to their own child or to any child for that matter. It's becoming a very sad world to live in.
My brother was fishing beneath the westgate a couple of years ago and heard what sounded like a missile hit the water, the police patrols soon arrived and pulled the body out. They told them that it happens about 5 times a week, most of them on the way home from the Casino after losing all their money. There are usually guards patrolling under the bridge but something serious needs to be done about it, that is obviously not enough.



posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 03:55 AM
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posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 04:08 AM
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Please do not think I condone something of this nature, it is a horrible act and it must be dealt with.

But...

www.smh.com.au...

Detective Acting Sergeant Damian Jackson of the homicide squad told the court the that police had sought medical assistance with Freeman and he was found to be unfit for interview.

Freeman was diagnosed as being in an "acute psychiatric state" by an assisting medical officer, Detective Acting Sergeant Jackson told the court.


Considering that he had attended a custody battle the day before, and he is described by everyone who saw him as being in some sort of psychotic state, it is not hard to think that perhaps he 'flipped out' due to all the stress and was not in control of his actions.


Freeman's lawyer, Elanor Peattie, said she was unable to take "detailed instructions" from him, but he had indicated she should face the court in his absence.


I'll reiterate, I think this is a despicable act, but he may not have known what he was doing and may have a very good 'Not guilty by reason of insanity' type defense case.



posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 04:32 AM
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Originally posted by Kryties
I'll reiterate, I think this is a despicable act, but he may not have known what he was doing and may have a very good 'Not guilty by reason of insanity' type defense case.

Good. Hopefully he's found insane and never let out of custody, ever. I imagine that there might be a few people temtped to take him back to the same spot and toss him over the bridge.

If you were a school-kid in Melbourne back in the 1980's, you might remember singing the school-yard song: "Care for kids. Chuck 'em over the Westgate Bridge. It's important to care for kids. Oh, kids, with the stars in their eyes..." It was a play on words for a charity that cared for kids. They used the (real) song as a popular jingle for a series of TV adds.

I never thought that anyone would take the school-yard version seriously. Obviously this bloke has. He went to school in the 1980s.



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