Charges may soon be laid in the case of toddler Daniel Thomas who, according to Victoria’s coroner, was killed by his baby sitter as his mother failed to intervene.
Homicide detectives have completed their investigation into Daniel’s 2003 death, which was the subject of a coronial inquest earlier this year.
Victoria Police have confirmed their fresh investigation into the child’s death is now complete, and a file has been handed to the Office of Public Prosecutions.
The Seven Network reported on Thursday a murder charge may soon be laid against Daniel’s baby sitter Mandy Martyn.
His mother Donna Thomas may also soon be charged with reckless conduct endangering life.
“Homicide Squad detectives have submitted a brief of evidence to the OPP for opinion in relation to their investigation into the death of Daniel Thomas,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“Detectives will await the advice from the OPP and as such we are not in a position to comment any further.”
In July, Victoria’s coroner found two-year-old Daniel died in a Myrtleford home, in late 2003, from abuse suffered at the hands of Ms Martyn, his baby sitter.
The abuse over six weeks included the toddler being tied to his bed, locked in a cupboard, gagging and beatings, and his head being held under water.
The coroner also found Ms Thomas contributed to Daniel’s death by failing to protect her son.
Daniel was reported missing and his body not found until 2008.
The women have denied involvement.
DANIEL THOMAS’ SHORT LIFE AND BRUTAL DEATH:
* September, 2003: Daniel and his mother Donna Thomas move into Mandy Martyn’s Myrtleford home. Ms Thomas withdraws Daniel from child care centre. Staff report him as healthy and normal at the time
* October, 2003: Ms Martyn tells police Daniel is missing
* March 18, 2008: A dog finds Daniel’s remains under the Myrtleford house in which Ms Thomas used to live
* December, 2013: Coronial inquest hears Ms Martyn tortured him
* July, 2014: Coroner finds Ms Martyn caused Daniel’s death and Ms Thomas failed to protect him
* November, 2014: Homicide police hand the results of a fresh investigation to the Office of Public Prosecutions.