Fitzroy Crossing tragedy: Baby found dead in car outside Department of Communities building

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The one-year-old died outside this building after being found inside a car.
Camera IconThe one-year-old died outside this building after being found inside a car. Credit: Google

The biological baby of a Department of Communities worker was found dead inside a car on Tuesday afternoon outside its government offices in remote WA.

The one-year-old child was found unresponsive in Fitzroy Crossing just after 3pm in what is believed to be a tragic accident.

A police spokesman confirmed they were called to Fitzroy Crossing Hospital “in relation to a young child that had earlier been located unresponsive in a vehicle”.

“The child had been taken to the hospital,” the spokesman said.

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“Tragically, the child could not be revived. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death has commenced.”

No charges have been laid.

A Department of Communities spokesman confirmed it had closed its offices while the police investigation takes place.

“The Department of Communities confirms it’s aware of a tragic incident having taken place in Fitzroy Valley earlier today and has currently closed its department office while a police investigation takes place,” he said.

“Due to this process and in respect for the privacy of all parties involved, Communities is unable to provide further comment at this time.”

The temperature in Fitzroy Crossing at 3pm was 33C.

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