Cruel dad jumped to death while holding baby in murder suicide at beauty spot
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A dad jumped off a dam holding his baby daughter in a carrier in what police now believe was an "unspeakable" murder-suicide.
On Wednesday afternoon emergency services rushed to the Whispering Wall, part of the Barossa Reservoir in South Australia, where they found the man dead.
An infant was unresponsive and died at the scene despite paramedics' best efforts.
The man has since been identified as Henry Shepherdson, 38, and the baby as his nine-month-old daughter Kobi.
Shocked witnesses say they watched in horror as the man jumped from the 35-metre-high dam wall while Kobi was in a child carrier strapped to his body.
Police said investigators had uncovered a history of domestic violence between Mr Shepherdson and Kobi's mum.
"Detectives from Barossa CIB and Major Crime Investigation Branch, along with forensic crime scene investigators attended the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident," a statement read.
"Witnesses reported seeing a man with an infant in a child carrier jump off the wall.
"Although a formal identification has not yet been completed, police believe the man to be Shepherdson, aged 38, and his daughter Kobi Shepherdson aged nine months."
It continued: "This is a highly distressing and emotional incident that has and is affecting people who witnessed this incident, those who tried to help Kobi, emergency services personnel, family and friends.
"We are supporting those impacted by this incident."
No one else is being sought over the deaths and police are now preparing a report for the State Coroner.
The reservoir remains closed to the public.
Kobi's devastated mother, who has not been named, has provided photos of her daughter to the media.
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The horrifying incident has shocked both the local area and the wider nation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he felt "profound sorrow" over the tragedy and vowed his government would continue working to eradicate family violence.
"It is truly awful," he told media on Thursday.
"And my heart is profoundly sad at this terrible event and of the impact on the families that are involved, the friends, the trauma of this will be unspeakable.
"And we must continue to just further increase our efforts to do all we can in these circumstances.
"The events that lead to this is hard to understand and how people can take these such violent and appalling acts, but it is something our society has been sadly living with for too long.
"We'll try and prevent it and do all we can."
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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