Man charged in newborn death cold case

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A MAN has been charged with historical child sex offences as part of an investigation into the death of a newborn baby in Kambalda more than 20 years ago.

The body of the baby boy was located at a caravan park in July 1995 and it is believed the boy was born just hours before being found.

A 38-year-old woman, who was 14-years-old at the time of the baby’s death and who it will be alleged was the mother of the child, was charged in September 2019 with one count of wilful murder.

Police said given the age of the woman at the time of the child’s birth an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child was commenced.

Detectives from the Cold Case Homicide Squad travelled to Queensland where a 55-year-old man was arrested on October 6.

It will be alleged the man, who was known to the victim at the time, sexually assaulted the then 13-year-old girl, resulting in the baby being conceived.

It will be further alleged the man engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with the victim over a number of years, when the victim was aged between 11 years old and 16 years old.

A 55-year-old man from Queensland has been charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a child Under 13, sexually penetrating a child over 13 and under 16, two counts of sexually penetrating a child over 16 under their authority and one count of sexual relationship with a child under the age of 16.

He has been extradited from Queensland and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.