Police charge man after newborn baby’s death six years ago at Bankstown

Bankstown detectives have charged a man with manslaughter following the death of a newborn baby in Bankstown six years ago.

Officers from Bankstown Police Area Command were notified of the death of a newborn baby boy at a hospital in Bankstown on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

Following investigations, a report was prepared and provided for the information of the Coroner.

In 2021, a Coronial inquest commenced into the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death; however, the matter was referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) during the inquest for a review of the police brief of evidence.

As a result of reviewing the matter, the ODPP provided advice to police and, following further inquiries, a 61-year-old man attended Bankstown Police Station about 8.50am today (Monday 22 August 2022).

The man was arrested and charged with manslaughter by criminal negligence and cause grievous bodily harm by negligent act or omission.

It will be alleged in court the man failed to adhere to the Australia standards when certifying oxygen connections within the neonatal medical gas outlet at the hospital.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court today.

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