“Murder Charges Laid After Woman and Baby Found Dead in Central Queensland Home”

By | August 10, 2023



A man has been charged with murder after a woman and baby were found dead in their Central Queensland home. Matthew Cox, 31, reported the deaths to police in Brisbane and has been charged with two counts of murder. The accused will appear in court on August 11. Police believe the bodies had been in the home for two days before Cox made the report. The family’s next of kin have been notified and police are not looking for any other suspects. Bryce Luff reported

An individual has been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of a woman and a baby in an alleged case of domestic violence at their residence in Central Queensland. The bodies of Tayla Cox and her infant, Murphy, were discovered in their home on Bean St, Park Avenue, after authorities were alerted to conduct a welfare check. The accused, Matthew Cox, aged 31, had reported the deaths to the police in Brisbane and has since been charged with two counts of murder, with authorities asserting that it was a domestic violence incident. Cox is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 11.

Detective Superintendent Darrin Shadlow stated that the cause of death has not yet been determined, but described the scene as “confronting” for the first responders. It is believed that the bodies had been in the residence for two days before Cox visited a police station in Fortitude Valley, an inner Brisbane suburb located over 630km south of Rockhampton, to make a report. Following the information provided by Cox, Brisbane police contacted Rockhampton police, who subsequently discovered the deceased individuals during the welfare check.

Another crime scene was established at an apartment complex in Fortitude Valley, where Cox is believed to have been staying. The police have seized a vehicle from Rockhampton Airport for investigation purposes. The family was not previously known to the police before the tragic incident. The next of kin have been notified and are devastated by the news. The police have confirmed that they are not seeking any other individuals in relation to the deaths and have urged anyone with information to come forward.

In light of this distressing event, it is important to note that support is available for those impacted by sexual assault, domestic, or family violence. The helpline 1800RESPECT can be reached at 1800 737 732, and more information can be found at 1800RESPECT.org.au. In emergencies, please call 000..