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Police search for Joseph McDonald

By Benalla Ensign


UPDATE: It is believed Joseph McDonald handed himself in to police about 6pm.

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating after the baby was admitted to a Benalla hospital on Friday 25 October with life-threatening injuries before being transferred to Monash Children’s Hospital where he died on 30 October.

It is believed the man handed himself in to a Melbourne police station around 6pm today (2 November).

The investigation remains ongoing


Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate 22-year-old Benalla man Joseph McDonald.

Homicide Squad detectives are keen to speak to McDonald in the relation to the death of his 7-week-old son.

The baby was admitted to a Benalla hospital on Friday 25 October with life-threatening injuries before being transferred to Monash Children’s Hospital where he died on 30 October.

McDonald was last seen leaving Monash Children’s Hospital on Clayton Road in Clayton on Wednesday 30 October about 4.30pm.

He was wearing a white t-shirt, brown pants and grey shoes.

Investigators believe McDonald may be able to assist with their enquiries and urge him to make contact with police via 000 or by attending any police station.

Police are liaising with McDonald’s immediate family who are also keen to hear from him as they are concerned about his welfare.

It is believed he may be travelling from Melbourne to Benalla by public transport.

Detectives have released an image of McDonald in the hope someone may recognise him or have information on his current whereabouts.