Australian father throws child from bridge

January 29th, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 29 (DPA) A four-year-old was fighting for her life Thursday after being thrown by her father from Melbourne’s highest bridge.Motorists were horrified when a car stopped in the morning rush hour and the girl was flung 50 metres into the Yarra River below.

When the 36-year-old man was arrested an hour later he had two other children, aged six and eight, with him in the car. They witnessed their sister being thrown from the bridge.

Within 10 minutes the girl was pulled from the water and paramedics worked on her for 45 minutes before she was flown to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“This is a dreadful set of circumstances, and often you think you’ve seen it all but you haven’t,” Detective Inspector Steve Clark said. “There have been some ongoing Family Court matters, as I understand it, between the father and his wife.”

Clark told reporters that fellow motorists had no chance of stopping what they saw happening. “It all happened fairly quickly, as I understand it, nobody had the opportunity,” Clark said. “He’s got straight out of the car, took the young girl and walked to the edge of the bridge.”

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