Mother thought baby was pos­sessed by ‘the devil’

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HE is the “son of God”.

She is “Mary, the mother of Je­sus”.

Their son is “the sec­ond com­ing of Je­sus”.

And their baby girl was an “abom­i­na­tion” pos­sessed by “the devil” – be­fore she drowned and her body washed up on Surfers Par­adise beach, ex­plo­sive court doc­u­ments al­lege.

The young mother of the nine-month-old baby found dead on the Gold Coast last month is ac­cused of think­ing the “devil was hid­ing” in the in­fant and that the fa­ther of the child “did what had to be done”.

The claims are part of doc­u­ments lodged in the Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court.

“I was not there when the babe was sleighed, it was not for me to know, or my bur­den to bare (sic),” a note in the mother’s di­ary al­legedly reads.

“Though shalt not mur­der is his com­mand but (the fa­ther) is the law him­self, he is the word and the son of god.

“He had the right to sleigh the wicked one for all na­tions sake. He did what had to be done, hal­lelu­jah to the liv­ing son (sic).”

An­other scrib­bling in the di­ary claims she wanted the fa­ther to be freed, it is al­leged.

“Free the black man from his chains for he is in­no­cent I do say.

“For he did slay the one you call the devil she/he was hid­ing in an in­fant a child abom­i­na­tion he/she is, thought he could es­cape judge­ment (sic).

“Thought he could take from the lord again for he did put a stop to it she was the haw of Babylon the root (sic).”

The mother, 23, was re­leased on bail on Tues­day af­ter be­ing charged with fail­ing to care for her child.

The home­less woman was ar­rested last Thurs­day af­ter be­ing re­leased from Gold Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal’s men­tal health unit.

Po­lice al­lege the fa­ther, 47, told the mother he was giv­ing the baby to an elder but in­stead threw her into the Tweed River on Novem­ber 17.

He has been charged with the baby’s mur­der.

The baby drowned and washed up on Surfers Par­adise beach more than 24 hours later, po­lice al­lege.

The fam­ily’s iden­tity can­not be re­vealed for le­gal rea­sons.

In a nine-page court doc­u­ment, it is al­leged the mother was “heav­ily in­flu­enced” by re­li­gion at least two years be­fore she started a re­la­tion­ship with the fa­ther.

When she was 18 or 19 she “told peo­ple that she be­lieved she was Mary, the mother of Je­sus”, the po­lice doc­u­ments claim.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing psy­chi­atric help at the time, she left Mel­bourne and her univer­sity stud­ies for a job at Surfers Par­adise, po­lice al­lege.

While there she started a re­la­tion­ship with the fa­ther, a home­less man.

In April 2016, her par­ents re­ported her miss­ing and po­lice spoke to the cou­ple at Bondi in NSW.

“(The girl) told po­lice that she was a suc­cess­ful univer­sity stu­dent who dropped out of univer­sity be­cause she fell in love with (the home­less man),” the doc­u­ments say.

The cou­ple re­turned to Vic­to­ria where they “even­tu­ally met up with her par­ents”. Af­ter a 12-week men­tal health pro­gram she was re­leased and lived with her par­ents, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments.

“In mid-to-late May 2016 (she) told her par­ents that she was preg­nant with her first child,” the court doc­u­ments claim.

“(She) told her par­ents that the tim­ing of the birth was to co­in­cide with Christ­mas Day be­cause the child would be the sec­ond com­ing of Je­sus Christ.”

Af­ter hav­ing the baby two days af­ter Christ­mas, the new fam­ily moved into a unit in Vic­to­ria for about six months be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Queens­land.

Early this year, the mother gave birth to their sec­ond child and sev­eral weeks later they moved back to Surfers Par­adise.

They lived on the street again be­tween Surfers Par­adise and Tweed Heads, po­lice al­lege.

“They used pub­lic toi­lets and cov­ered ar­eas in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions to sleep, eat and wash them­selves and the chil­dren,” the po­lice doc­u­ment al­leges.

On Novem­ber 17 the fam­ily were picked up by Queens­land po­lice and taken to an aunt’s place at Kingscliff.

They left early in the morn­ing and caught a bus to Tweed Heads where they shel­tered from a storm in an un­der­cover carpark.

Po­lice al­lege the fa­ther threw the baby into the Tweed River.

The son, who turns two next week, is in care.

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