Man charged with the murder of a baby

A man arrested in Budgewoi, charged with the murder and grievous wounding of a baby, faced Wyong Criminal Court on February 14.
New Lambton resident, Jie Smith, stood accused of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 6-month-old son of his partner, resulting in the baby’s death.
According to documents tendered in court, Smith was caring for the child whilst his partner was out, when the child sustained traumatic head injuries.
Police and emergency services were called to a home on Fairfield Ave, New Lambton, around 4:30am on February 9, following reports that a baby boy had gone into cardiac arrest.
It is alleged that Smith, after inflicting the injuries, left the child with a neighbour who then called police.
The child was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
He died in hospital the following day.
Strike Force Wandearah, comprised of Detectives from Newcastle City Police District, the Homicide Squad and the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, was formed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the infant’s death.
Following an investigation, Smith, was arrested at a home in Budgewoi around midday on February 13 and taken to Wyong Police Station to be charged.
Smith’s legal aid did not apply for bail.
Residing Magistrate, Elizabeth Ellis, adjourned the matter to Newcastle Local Court.
Smith will next front court in May.

Media release, Feb 14
NSW Police Media
Court notes, Feb 14
Case file, Feb 14
R v Jie Smith, 2019/00049022
Dilon Luke, Journalist

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