Baby Killer Charge Dropped For WA Dad
A Perth father accused of killing his own baby, who was found in a cot with broken bones, has had a charge of manslaughter dropped.
Dylan Clinton O'Meara, 23, was charged after his seven-month-old son Shisui-Grady George O'Meara was found dead at their Rockingham home in April 2016.
But prosecutors dropped the case in the West Australian Supreme Court on Thursday, saying there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
"A careful review of the available evidence following the court's decision to exclude part of Mr O'Meara's interview with police found that there no longer were reasonable prospects of securing a conviction," a spokeswoman for the Director of Public Prosecutions said.
"The state, therefore, discontinued the charge."
Mr O'Meara had been accused of lifting the baby out of the cot by pulling him by the arm, which caused his foreman bone to break.
The infant also had two other fractures to his wrist and elbow.
Mr O'Meara then allegedly placed part of a blanket into the baby's mouth in an attempt to settle his crying and provide something to bite down on.
After the charge was dropped, defence lawyer Nick Scerri said Mr O'Meara wanted to take some time to grieve for his son.
"He will forever be heartbroken at not being able to attend the funeral of his son," Mr Scerri said.
Mr O'Meara also wanted to thank those who believed in him, the lawyer said.