A 29-year-old man has fronted a Melbourne court after he was arrested and charged with the murder of a baby boy.
Hillside man, Benjamin Joseph Swann was charged by Homicide Squad detectives on Thursday following the death of an infant in Werribee in January.
Victoria Police said paramedics were called to reports of an unresponsive baby at a property about 4am on January 19.
Police allege the baby was taken to hospital with “significant assault-related injuries” and died the following morning.
The child’s post mortem results were determined to be suspicious and police were contacted, charging Mr Swann with murder and child homicide after an investigation.
It is understood the accused is not the biological father of the child, however, he was known to the infant.
The alleged murderer appeared before the Melbourne Magistrate Court on Thursday afternoon wearing a khaki T-shirt and flanked by two custody officers.
Throughout much of the short hearing, Mr Swann’s attention was fixed on two women seated in the body of the court.
While seated in the dock, he mouthed; “are you okay?” to a visibly distressed woman as her companion placed an arm around her shoulder.
Mr Swann appeared confused as Magistrate Rosemary Falla explained he would be remanded into custody.
“You look somewhat confused,” Ms Falla said, before explaining the process once more.
“Yeah, sorry,” Mr Swann responded.
He mouthed “I love you” to the woman before he was escorted out of the dock.
The accused murderer’s supporters left the court alongside Mr Swanns lawyer, Anthony Condello, and declined to comment on the matter.
Mr Swann will reappear in the Melbourne Magistrate Court on June 13.
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