Dad speaks out after son's 'drowning' sparks murder probe

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The dad of a boy found dead in a swimming pool near Mackay has called for answers as his son’s death is now the source of a homicide investigation.

Tarrin-Macen O’Sullivan, 4, was believed to have drowned at the regional Queensland property when he was found dead on August 29.

However, earlier this week the results of a post-mortem revealed Tarrin-Macen’s “cause of death was inconsistent with drowning”, according to Queensland Police.

Tarrin-Macen O’Sullivan, 4, is pictured.
Police said despite being found dead in a pool Tarrin-Macen O’Sullivan, 4, did not die from drowning. Source: Facebook

While the cause of death is still unknown, police believe the child died before entering the pool.

Andrew O’Sullivan, the boy’s biological dad who doesn’t live with him, told 7News he last saw Tarrin-Macen in January for his birthday. He broke up with the mother of his child two years ago.

“It’s one of these things, no parent really has the ability to take that in,” he said.

“No matter what, it’s going to come as a blow.”

A 'bubbly and happy' boy

Mr O’Sullivan described his boy, who has autism, as “bubbly” and “happy”. He also called for answers as to how his son died.

He told The Mackay Daily Mercury his boy's life may have been short "but big".

“He had, I suppose you could call it, an aura around him – you couldn’t stay angry at the child,” he told the paper.

Mr O'Sullivan said he was unsure if Tarrin-Macen had received swimming lessons.

Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said the boy lived with his mother and the family had been cooperative with police.

"We're dealing with the death of a four-year-old boy and obviously a small child ... relies heavily on the care of other people," he said on Thursday.

"His death is treated with the utmost seriousness of any other homicide that we would be conducting."

The circumstances of "how and why" the boy was found in the pool is under investigation.

with AAP

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