Neighbours have recounted terrifying details after a three-month-old baby died overnight at a home in regional Victoria.
Emergency services rushed to a home at Alfredton, west of Ballarat, about 9pm Saturday after the baby boy was found unresponsive.
A woman who lives a few houses down from the baby’s home told the Herald Sun that the mother came running up the street before making an unusual move.
“(She) came running out with him and handed him to a neighbour,” the woman said.
“The neighbour was trying to help and was doing CPR on the baby. It was terrifying.
“Then the mum ran down the street.”
Paramedics also performed CPR but the child could not be revived and died at the scene.
Another neighbour described how a woman connected to the boy knocked on their door just after 9pm and appearing “scared or frightened and like she wanted to get somewhere safe”.
“She looked scruffy and a little bit dirty like something had happened, and she was not wearing shoes, and didn’t have a phone or bag with her,” they said.
Police have shut off the street as they investigate circumstances into the infant’s death.
A crime scene has been set up at the home, with detectives now examining the property and interviewing neighbours who witnessed the incident.
Forensic experts are also expected to attend the scene and investigate.
Police awaiting a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au