An Australian mother’s search for answers after her baby was found dead in a suitcase
An Australian woman has posted a video on Facebook, pleading for help in finding her baby boy after he was found unresponsive in a luggage case.
Key points:An autopsy is now under way at a regional hospital to determine the cause of deathThe girl’s body was found in a backpack at a Perth airportTributes have poured in on social media, with one man posting a photo of his own son who has Down SyndromeThe mother of the five-month-old baby was travelling home from Australia’s northern New South Wales state capital of Perth on Tuesday when the boy was discovered unconscious in a bag by security staff at Perth Airport.
The baby was brought to hospital by his father and mother.
He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, the Perth Children’s Hospital said.
The boy was identified as his father, who works at the airport, but the identity of the other parents has not been released.
The case has sparked a debate about how children should be treated in Australia, with many parents asking questions about the need to have a baby in a carrier and not be left to find a place to sleep.ABC News has been unable to reach anyone for comment.
In the video, a man who identified himself as the mother of a five-year-old boy who has special needs posted a photo on Facebook of his son who was born with a head injury and was flown to Perth from Adelaide, where he lives with his father.
“He was born in the car park in the airport,” the man said in the video.
“I’ve never seen him cry.
He’s been crying since we got here.”
The man said the boy’s father works as a baggage handler at Perth airport and has a son with special needs.
“If he could find a new home and a place for him to be safe, he would definitely be there,” the woman said.
“The last thing I would ever want is for him not to be there.”
The video has been shared more than 200 times.
One person wrote: “You guys are amazing.
We need to get more people to come out and be like you.
This is something I want to see change.
You can do this for all of us.”