Man 'wished child was dead'

A WEEK after her baby died, a young mother told police her partner had previously said he wished the child was dead, a court heard yesterday.

According to the woman, Nicholas Michael Arthur, 30, said: “I wish Seth was dead” on October 26, last year.

The next morning Arthur found his son purple and covered in vomit.

He has pleaded not guilty to his son's murder.

Yesterday, after hearing three days of evidence from Arthur's partner, family members and friends, Magistrate John McGrath committed Arthur to trial in the Supreme Court.

Earlier, police prosecutor Darrell Dalton said Seth was last seen alive with Arthur, when he was putting him to bed on the night of October 26.

An interim post-mortem on the baby discovered he had a fractured skull, fractured ribs, and bruises to the face and ear.

But the cause of Seth's injuries and death were not determined.

Arthur's defence barrister Cathy Morgan said Arthur showed no malicious intent towards Seth.

“This was an unsettled little baby who suffered from reflux,” she said. “There was no suggestion this child was an unloved or unwanted child.”



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