Man charged over toddler s rape, torture, murder
Man charged over toddler's rape, torture, murder

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the rape, torture and murder of a 15-month-old boy in Townsville last year.

The Pacific Pines man appeared in Southport Magistrates Court this morning after he was arrested by Townsville police at his Gold Coast home yesterday.

The arrest comes after the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was booked two weeks ago in Coomera for drink-driving.

Police alleged the boy was assaulted by his mother's partner between January and April last year before passing away on April 16.

It is understood police from the Child Protection and Investigation Unit have been looking into the incident since April last year.

Information of the offence had not previously been released due to the sensitive nature of the criminal investigation.

It is believed the young boy suffered several severe injuries as a result of the attack and was taken from his Annandale home to Townsville Hospital by paramedics but died a short time later.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said it was a bitter-sweet feeling to make an arrest after 11 months.

"We had intensive investigations to undertake and we didn't make an arrest until such time as that had been finalised," he said.

"It's been a very long road for investigators and the family, so it's good to bring it to an end."

The matter has been adjourned to Townsville Magistrates Court on April 12.

The accused man's family were in court to support him.

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