Police told of abuse of baby via Facebook

POLICE were notified of abuse to a baby by the Facebook administrator of a mental health support page, an inquest has heard.
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The inquest into the death of 45-day-old Bjay Johnstone in 2012 heard the recording of a call made to police by the United Kingdom based administrator, Katherine Bond.

In the call, Ms Bond said the baby’s grandmother Hellen Dykstra had made three posts to the page detailing bruising Bjay had on his face and body.

In the call, she told radio room supervisor Sergeant Robert Schiwythe baby was her son’s and lived with her at Railton, in Tasmania’s North-West.

In the call, Ms Bond told Sergeant Schiwyshe did not know the name of the baby.

Radio room supervisor Sergeant Schiwytold the inquest he did not make a Child and Family Services report because the information was “third-hand” and there was no information on the police system to corroborate the allegation.

Sergeant Schiwysaid he made a report about the call to be actioned the next morning.

During repeated questioning about police protocol from counsel assisting the coroner Lakshmi Sundram, Sergeant Schiwysaid he believed he took be right course of action.

A number of police officers will appear in the inquest on Monday morning to provide evidence about their initial response to Ms Bond’s call.

The inquest into the baby’s death began last August.

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