Mum in spot­light over baby death

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - PE­TER MICHAEL

CAIRNS mother Lina Da­ley is fac­ing a po­lice probe into homi­cide and child ne­glect over the unsolved death of her baby.

The Courier-Mail can to­day ex­clu­sively re­veal tragic new de­tails sur­round­ing the sus­pi­cious death of her 13-mon­thold boy three months ago.

Baby Makavelii had mul­ti­ple bruises and bite marks, a graze to his left tem­ple and a pos­si­ble burn mark, with 3mm of skin miss­ing on his fore­head.

He was re­port­edly pulled from a bath af­ter he stopped breath­ing but had swal­lowed a sig­nif­i­cant amount of water.

It comes as the baby’s body was fi­nally re­leased back to his fam­ily by the State Coro­ner yes­ter­day to al­low them to pre­pare fu­neral ar­range­ments.

De­tec­tive Sen-Sgt Mick Gooiker said of­fi­cers were yet to file any charges over the baby’s death at a White Rock house on Septem­ber 24.

“We treat any child death very se­ri­ously,” the Cairns Child Pro­tec­tion and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor said.

“We are still wait­ing for some fur­ther foren­sic and med­i­cal tests.

“But we will do ev­ery­thing we can to iden­tify the cause of death to solve the case.”

Ms Da­ley, 20, who has a his­tory of il­licit drug abuse, has been sui­ci­dal and on drug binges since her baby’s death.

The al­le­ga­tions were con­tained in Child Safety doc­u­ments ex­clu­sively ob­tained by The Courier-Mail.

“There are con­cerns that Ms Da­ley may have been un­der the in­flu­ence of sub­stances whilst car­ing for Makavelii,’’ the doc­u­ments said.

Drug tests show the young mother tested pos­i­tive for ice, speed, ec­stasy, MDA and cannabis.

The tests also iden­ti­fied that her drug use had sig­nif­i­cantly in­ten­si­fied in the past three months.

“It is ac­knowl­edged that Ms Da­ley’s grief and loss cre­ates a very chal­leng­ing time for her­self and all in­volved,’’ a re­port says.

“How­ever the drug use has been oc­cur­ring prior to Makavelii’s death – and has only am­pli­fied.’’

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