Mum in spotlight over baby death
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.’’