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  1. #1
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    Jul 2008

    Australia - Darcey Freeman, 4, dies after being tossed off bridge by dad, 29 Jan 2009

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A man has been charged with throwing his 4-year-old daughter to her death from a traffic bridge above a river in Australia's second-largest city, officials said.


    It is so hard to understand these actions. And really hard not to feel hate for the man when thinking of the fear this little girl must have felt.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2008
    Just to be Clear she is ALIVE

    THE man held over the West Gate Bridge plunge asked security guards to take his children before being arrested.

    A four-year-old girl was pulled from the water by police close to the pumping station at Spotswood about 9.30am today after apparently being thrown from the bridge.

    Despite reports that she had died, the Royal Children's Hospital insists she remains alive but is in a critical condition.

    A 35-year-old Hawthorn man was arrested after security staff at the Commonwealth Law Courts on the corner of Williams and La Trobe Streets noticed him standing in the foyer with two children.

    Security staff noticed that the man was shaking and staring with wild eyes. One described the man as catatonic.

    He was clearly distressed and crying, witnesses said. He was in the foyer for 30 minutes while staff offered him drinks in an effort to calm him down.

    One onlooker said the man "looked like he had had enough".

    Police were called and several officers arrested the man, who offered no resistance.
    Just before he was taken away, he asked security guards to look after his children.

    At the time of his arrest, police had no indication that the man was connected to the West Gate Bridge incident.
    I wonder if he read about this guy


    And I wonder why the article is headlined AUSTRALIAN THROWS etc ... When we report about American things we do not say American xyz but rather say like in this intance
    Father in American Throws child etc etc...

  3. #3
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    Nov 2008
    But She did die tonight

    A four-year-old girl allegedly thrown from Melbourne's West Gate Bridge has died.

    A Royal Children's Hospital spokeswoman said the girl died at 1.35pm (AEDT) today.

    Police say a 36-year-old Hawthorn man has been charged with murder and will face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court later today.

    The girl was rescued from the Yarra River this morning after she was allegedly thrown over the West Gate Bridge.

    Water police reached the injured girl in the Yarra River within 10 minutes of the fall.

    She was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition, but later died.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by JaneInOz View Post

    So sad. My prayers are with her mother and brothers.

    Don't think that nationality should be a part of the title either, Jane. Though to be honest, I didn't realize this occurred in Australia. My focus goes right to the child. There have been a number of these bridge cases...mothers and fathers.
    Couldn't tell you where the bridges were, only that the children died.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2008
    Yeah I have no idea why the media do that

    They could put Father IN Australia throws child off bridge or Father throws child off bridge in Australia etc etc

    That was sweet of you to change it

  6. #6
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    Jul 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I saw this on BBC this morning and was deeply saddened just tragic.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2005

    Australia - Australian Throws Daughter Off Bridge to Death, Police Say

    A father allegedly threw his four-year-old daughter off a bridge in front of the girl's two young brothers and scores of motorists during rush hour in Melbourne today.
    Witnesses said Arthur Phillip Freeman, 35, suddenly stopped his family car which also had his two young sons inside and, with young Darcey Iris in his arms, walked to the side of the West Gate Bridge, just after 9 a.m.
    He then allegedly dropped his young daughter over the railing and into the water, 190 feet below.
    Shocked drivers who witnessed the incident which police say occurred in a matter of seconds immediately called emergency hotlines as Freeman reportedly got back in the large white family Land Cruiser, and drove away.

    As he was being led away, Freeman reportedly begged court staff to "take care of my kids.''


  8. #8
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    Dec 2003
    Cajun Country, Louisiana
    I'll bet his little boys were 'wild eyed' too, after watching dear old dad throw their sister off the bridge.

    There has to be more to this story. It sounds as if the guy just snapped.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2005
    North Carolina
    God bless the surviving kids and the little angel that died. I will be praying for the family. As for the dad, I hope that he gets the maximum sentence.
    Happy New Years

  10. #10
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    May 2005
    Anaheim, CA
    From what I can tell, this guy was in the middle of custody litigation. He was known to be devoted to his children but neighbors said he was under extreme pressure. They did not elaborate. Interesting that he drove back to family court after the murder. The child seemed limp when he took her out of the car, according to on-lookers. People at the courthouse thought he seemed out of it. What the hell? I'm sorry, but there is always a choice. If a person feels they cannot take it, or are losing touch with reality, they need to step back and get professional help. A custody battle in which he may have fought to keep his children should not have led to the irrevocable loss of one of them. What a tragedy. Poor little girl.

    For Elizabeth, a minor child, a victim. Thank God she is home!

    *Gitana (means "Gypsy girl"). Pronounced "hee tah nah."

  11. #11
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    Apr 2013
    From April 2011:


    Justice Paul Coghlan today sentenced Arthur Phillip Freeman to life with a non-parole period of 32 years...

    During a 40-minute statement that had finished moments earlier, Justice Coghlan said Freeman had not shown remorse or even begun to understand the enormity of his brutal crime. “You are yet to say sorry for what you have done," he said. “Your attitude to these matters remain self-centred. I regard your prospects of rehabilitation as bleak”...

    Freeman, 37, was last month found guilty of murder despite pleading not guilty on the grounds of mental impairment.

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