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Homicide detectives to speak to the mother of baby who was found dead in Thornlie home in Perth

A newborn baby’s death is now being handled by homicide detectives, who are looking to interview the mother.  

The baby was just one day old when it was found dead at a home on Cassidy Road in Thornlie, in Perth’s south-east around 1pm on Wednesday.

Detectives are now looking to speak to the baby’s 26-year-old mother, who was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital in the back of an ambulance escorted by police.

A man was also led away from the home in handcuffs as a towel covered his face late on Wednesday. His arrest was reportedly unrelated to the child’s death. 

Joel Alexander Douglas, 26, made a brief appearance at Armadale Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where he is accused of breaching a police order and possessing methamphetamine, according to The West Australian.

Friends called emergency services about 1pm but the baby, whose sex has not been disclosed, was believed to have died before paramedics arrived. 

Forensic officers spent the night scouring the home for any clues into the baby’s death and the house is known to police, Seven News reported.

Local detectives spoke to neighbours in the area and the house remains under police watch.     

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