Woman, child die falling from internal balcony from Docklands apartment
A WOMAN and a four-month-old baby have died after an apparent fall from an apartment balcony in Melbourne’s CBD.
The pair were found just after 10.30am in an apartment building at the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets.
Family are at the scene with one yelling “oh no” when told of the news.
It is understood the woman, 31, plunged from a balcony high in the City Point building.
Police are with distraught family. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious.
The exact circumstances of where the child was are unknown at this point.
It is believed the woman may have been residing above 20th floor.
Paramedics entered the building to attend to someone who may have become distressed about 1.30pm.
Later, a family could be seen talking with police and social workers in the foyer of the building just before 2pm.
A priest earlier entered the building to console family, and the coroner is on the scene.
A senior police officer has told media they will not be making any comment about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, but police confirmed the ages of the pair in a statement.
“A 31-year-old woman and a 4-month-old child were located deceased at an apartment building in Docklands this morning,” a statement read.
A resident, Alex Champ, said he was unaware of the incident. He said families, children and travellers stayed in the high rise.
“You get all people and young ones (living here), he said. “There is an internal area where there is a drop.
“It’s just crazy to think it’s just a few floors above me.”
A small section of the east bound Bourke street lane has been reopened by police near where it meets Spencer St.
Police have been speaking to staff at the Chocolate Frog Cafe, which is in an older building which fronts the tall apartment complex behind it.
Earlier Victoria Police spokesman Alistair Parsons said: “Police are currently at an apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands where a woman and a child were located.”
“The yet to be identified woman and child died at the scene,’’ he said.
“At this early stage it is believed they may have fallen from an internal balcony.”
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were yet to be determined.
Police have cordoned off the area and are speaking to witnesses.
Paramedics were called to the area but could not assist the pair.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14
Originally published as Woman, baby die in balcony fall
Woman and baby boy in 20th-floor death plunge: ‘Gut-wrenching scream’ as woman, 31, jumps from balcony of her luxury Melbourne apartment holding 4-month-old ‘believed to be her son’
- Woman and baby plunged to their deaths from a balcony in Melbourne
- The four-month-old boy is believed to have been her son
- The father ‘collapsed in shock’ when he arrived at the Docklands building
- Emergency services were unable to revive the woman, 31, and baby
- The pair’s identities are yet to be determined as investigations continue
Witnesses heard a ‘gut-wrenching’ scream as a woman, 31, and a four-month-old baby boy died in an apparent murder-suicide when they plunged to their deaths from a balcony in central Melbourne.
The woman was carrying the baby, believed to be her son, when she took her own life at the City Point apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands.
Police confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths and a report would be prepared for the coroner
Witnesses heard ‘gut-wrenching’ screams after a woman, 31, and a four-month-old baby died when they plunged to their deaths from a balcony in central Melbourne. Police speak to a witness
They say the pair fell from a balcony inside the 35-storey building about 10.30am on Thursday and died at the scene.
Police have also said a damaged balcony was not the cause of the woman and baby’s fall.
Their bodies were discovered in a courtyard of the building, where apartments have sold for more than $400,000.
The 31-year-old woman lived on the 20th floor with the baby boy’s father who is said to be devastated, according to Herald Sun.
He collapsed in shock when he arrived at the scene and was taken to hospital, 7 News reported.
Police are looking to establish if she had leapt to her death from a sixth-floor balcony, according to the ABC.
She is believed to have been holding the baby at the time.
Witness Christine Harms told The Age she heard someone yell out, ‘Oh no, oh no’, after the incident.
‘A lady went into the alleyway and then there was some screaming,’ Ms Harms said.
‘It was gut-wrenching to hear.’
The woman was carrying the baby when she took her own at the City Point apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands. Pictured are police at the scene
Police say the pair plummeted from a balcony inside the 35-storey building about 10.30am on Thursday and died at the scene
Relatives and friends visited the apartment block early on Thursday afternoon.
A man who knew the woman said they were left shocked by the incident, adding: ‘We don’t know what happened.’
A Victoria Police spokesperson said initial investigations led them to believe the pair fell from an ‘internal balcony’.
‘The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined,’ she said.
Police were unable to confirm the relationship between the woman and baby.
Paramedics were also called to the scene but they were unable to revive the pair, a Victoria Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
More than a dozen uniformed and plain-clothed police and eight police cars closed off the scene – at one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections – with some taking bagged items out of the building.
Investigators started to leave shortly after 3pm and the footpath at the front of the building was reopened as police tape was removed.
Traffic detours were in place until about 1.30pm.
For confidential help, call Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Pictured is an apartment inside the City Point building on Bourke Street
She reportedly lived on the 20th floor but police are looking into if she leapt to her death from a sixth-floor balcony. Above is an image of another apartment at City Point
The foyer inside the City Point building, where apartments have sold for more than $400,000