‘Mir­a­cle’ life cut short

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A PERTH in­fant al­legedly mur­dered by her own fa­ther was a “mir­a­cle baby” and the love of her mother’s life af­ter it had taken her years to fall preg­nant, ac­cord­ing to a close friend.

Now the baby’s heart­bro­ken mother, Ni­cole Gor­man, is grap­pling with the un­think­able — her six-month-old’s life cut short and her daugh­ter’s fa­ther be­hind bars charged with her mur­der.

Po­lice al­lege Ar­ron Colin Martin, 35, mur­dered his baby daugh­ter, Is­abella Sully Jean, at the fam­ily’s home in Brook­dale on Thurs­day night. Mr Martin has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter a brief court ap­pear­ance on Fri­day.

Ni­cole’s friend Re­becca Tush­ing­ham, who was her brides­maid just three years ago, said baby Is­abella was a longed for and much-wanted child, and her friend was “born to be a mother”.

“The look in her eyes — you could see that love for her mum. Ni­cole is a bril­liant mum and I don’t want her to feel any guilt,” Ms Tush­ing­ham told Seven News last night.

“She’s had to have rounds of IVF, count­less mis­car­riages and fi­nally, af­ter eight years, we’ve got this mir­a­cle baby.”

It is un­der­stood Ni­cole had suf­fered an­other mis­car­riage just two weeks ago.

“She’s strong, she’ll get through it and we’ll be there by her side,” Ms Tush­ing­ham said.

“Last week her life was per­fect . . . it’s just crazy.”

A can­dle­light vigil was held out the front of the fam­ily’s Chiltern Av­enue home on Fri­day night as peo­ple stood in si­lence to pay their re­spects to a child whose life had barely be­gun.

A sim­ple mes­sage left on the front win­dow of the home read: “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”

The baby was found by po­lice and paramedics at the fam­ily home with mul­ti­ple in­juries af­ter her fa­ther went to a po­lice sta­tion.

But the baby could not be saved and was pro­nounced dead at hospi­tal. It’s be­lieved Ni­cole was not at home at the time.

Ms Tush­ing­ham has set up a GoFundMe page to help with baby Is­abella’s fu­neral costs and other ex­penses as Ni­cole has been forced to stop work, say­ing her friend “has just gone through what no mother should ever have to ex­pe­ri­ence”.

More than $3000 has been raised so far.

Proud mum: Ni­cole Gor­man with new­born daugh­ter Is­abella.

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