No murder charge for man accused of stabbing baby to death
PROSECUTORS have dropped a murder charge against a man accused of stabbing his baby granddaughter to death in a violent rampage.
Yonghou Cao, 54, was charged with the murder of his two-month-old granddaughter Qianqian "Queenie" Xu who police say was repeatedly stabbed as she lay in her bassinet in January, 2016.
Cao was also charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his daughter, Queenie's mother, Yuanyuan Cao, and his wife Huijuan Fu at the family's Parkinson home.
The Chinese man, who was visiting Australia with his wife to help his daughter and her husband care for baby Queenie, has been in custody for more than two years.
His three charges, one of murder and two of attempted murder, were yesterday struck out during a brief hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Magistrate Suzette Coates struck out the charges after a decision by a Supreme Court justice overseeing the case last month.
It's understood the decision to drop the charges may have been due to mental health reasons.
The Courier-Mail was told that after his arrest in 2016, Cao was found to be unfit to be interviewed by detectives.
Described by her mother as a "little princess," the tragic death of baby Queenie rattled the Brisbane community with hundreds of mourners attending a vigil in the days after the alleged attack.
At the time, police said Cao had become aggravated during an argument about his medication on the day of the alleged attacks.
Both his wife and daughter suffered serious injuries and had to go undergo surgery.
Traumatised neighbours spoke of how Queenie's mother ran bleeding from the home, pleading for someone to help the infant.
It's understood Ms Cao did not know Queenie had been stabbed when she fled the home to find help.
Cao, who is believed to have suffered self-inflicted injuries during the attack, reportedly did not know his granddaughter had died until he was charged with her murder in hospital.
A distraught Cao reportedly asked for the death penalty when officers charged him.