A 29-year-old man has fronted a Melbourne courtroom after he was arrested and charged with the homicide of a child boy.
Hillside man, Benjamin Joseph Swann was charged by Murder Squad detectives on Thursday following the demise of an toddler in Werribee in January.
Victoria Police stated paramedics have been referred to as to experiences of an unresponsive child at a property about 4am on January 19.
Police allege the infant was taken to hospital with “important assault-related accidents” and died the next morning.
The kid’s publish mortem outcomes have been decided to be suspicious and police have been contacted, charging Mr Swann with homicide and baby murder after an investigation.
It’s understood the accused just isn’t the organic father of the kid, nonetheless, he was recognized to the toddler.
The alleged assassin appeared earlier than the Melbourne Justice of the Peace Courtroom on Thursday afternoon sporting a khaki T-shirt and flanked by two custody officers.
All through a lot of the brief listening to, Mr Swann’s consideration was fastened on two girls seated within the physique of the courtroom.
Whereas seated within the dock, he mouthed; “are you okay?” to a visibly distressed lady as her companion positioned an arm round her shoulder.
Mr Swann appeared confused as Justice of the Peace Rosemary Falla defined he could be remanded into custody.
“You look considerably confused,” Ms Falla stated, earlier than explaining the method as soon as extra.
“Yeah, sorry,” Mr Swann responded.
He mouthed “I really like you” to the girl earlier than he was escorted out of the dock.
The accused assassin’s supporters left the courtroom alongside Mr Swanns lawyer, Anthony Condello, and declined to touch upon the matter.
Mr Swann will reappear within the Melbourne Justice of the Peace Courtroom on June 13.
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