Aussie Dad Hurls Girl to Her Death

Man in custody battle tosses 4-year-old off bridge at rush hour
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2009 8:04 AM CST
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(Newser) – An Australian man has been charged with fatally throwing his 4-year-old daughter off a bridge during Melbourne's rush hour, the BBC reports. Arthur Freeman, 35, tossed the girl 190 feet into a river this morning as hundreds of cars passed. Freeman, said to be suicidal, is believed to be in a custody battle with his wife.

The girl was airlifted to the hospital after police resuscitated her, but died a few hours later, the Australian reports. Two older siblings were in the man’s car during the incident. “It's a dreadful set of circumstances, and often you think you've seen it all but you haven't,” a detective told AFP.