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Tragedy Strikes As 10-Month-Old Baby Dies In Alleged Assault

Tasmania Police have confirmed the death of a 10-month-old infant following an alleged assault at a residence in Warrane, Hobart’s eastern shore, last week.

Khaylan Shane Butler, the baby was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital in an ambulance from a Warrane residence just after 1am.

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Shortly after the baby’s admission, police were alerted to the hospital due to the suspicious nature of Khaylan’s critical injuries. 

Law enforcement initiated an investigation, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old, Warrane resident, Daniel John Ridgers.

Mr Ridgers faced an out-of-hours court hearing on Sunday, charged with causing grievous bodily harm to the infant. 

The charges allege that he violently shook and dropped Khaylan into a cot on Thursday.

During the court hearing, Mr Ridgers did not enter a plea and did not apply for bail. 

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He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court again today.

On Monday morning, the Tasmania Police announced the upgrade of the charges against Ridgers from causing grievous bodily harm to murder. 

The investigators have not released additional details about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Authorities are urging individuals affected by family and domestic violence to seek assistance through support services.

1900 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732

Tas Family Violence Counselling and Support Service: 1800 608 122

Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491

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