Child found in river dies

By Darren Coyne

An 18-month-old child died yesterday afternoon after being found floating in the Tweed River alongside a Banora Point caravan park.

Police said the young boy's mother - a resident of the park - had noticed the toddler missing yesterday afternoon and began searching the caravan park along with other residents.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Jim Kain said a neighbour taking part in the search discovered the boy floating in the river near the mother's caravan shortly before 5pm.

"The neighbour pulled him from the river and administered CPR while an ambulance was called," Inspector Kain said.

Insp Kain said ambulance officers continued resuscitation attempts and the child was transferred to the Tweed Hospital but died a short time later.

Last night police remained at the scene interviewing park residents, although the boy's mother had not yet been interviewed.

"She was taken to hospital for treatment," Insp Kain said.

He said police would now prepare a report for the coroner following the death.

In the shadow of Barney's Point bridge last night small groups of residents gathered together, comforting one another as police carried out their investigation.

Residents approached by The Daily News declined to comment.

A NSW Police Media spokesperson last night said it was unclear how long the child had been in the river.

The spokesman said a crime scene had been set up and detectives from the Tweed-Byron LAC were making enquiries into the circumstances leading up to the toddler's death. The spokesperson said the death was not being treated as suspicious.



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