Baby girl died in NSW before being found on Gold Coast beach

Police at the scene of an infant found dead on a Gold Coast beach at Surfers Paradise

The tragic discovery was made by a passer-by in the middle of the night on Monday.

Detectives were focusing on looking into the couple's backgrounds while they waited for post-mortem results to determine whether the death was suspicious.

Emergency workers were called to an unresponsive infant at Staghorn Avenue, the Esplanade. I don't know how long for. "We will set out trying to find that out today as best we can", he said.

Both parents are in police custody and have been questioned by Queensland homicide detectives but no charges have been laid.

Inspector Hogan said emergency services had tried to revive the girl.

She was assessed by paramedics, but died at the scene. Full credit to them, they stood up and did their service.

"If it's the couple I believe, they were living as rough as it gets - in parks, toilet blocks, under bridges, wherever", he said.

He said first responders had no chance of saving the nine-month-old girl.

The baby's cause of death remains unclear with an autopsy yet to be carried out.

"I personally couldn't see any (injuries) of note but that will come out later in the day", Detective Insp Hogan said.

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Mr Stewart said the girl's death was a "tragedy just on so many levels".

The couple, who were known to police, had not reported their daughter missing before her body was found.

They told authorities the baby was sleeping rough near Surfers Paradise Beach, where she was found dead on Monday.

The tragic incident occurred during one of the Gold Coast's busiest weeks of the year, with thousands of school leavers descending upon its sands for Schoolies Week.

Over the weekend, police arrested 15 schoolies on the first two nights of the annual party.

On Sunday, nine teens were arrested on 11 offences which were mainly for public nuisance and drug possession. Six schoolies were issued with liquor infringements notices.

In comparison for the same night in 2017 there were 13 schoolies arrested.

A lot of them were accused of drug possession or public nuisance offences.

The baby's parents - a man (48) and woman (23) - are in custody but have not been charged.

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