Baby found dead near Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast

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The couple, who are homeless and known to police, have been in custody ever since.

"They had blankets at that time but I would hear the newborn crying early hours of morning", a Surfers Paradise resident told the Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday.

"Over the weekend we had a number of minor incidents across the precinct but overall the behaviour of the schoolies since the start of this year's celebrations has been fantastic", he said.

Divers have been scouring waters across south of the Gold Coast in the hope of turning up clues as to the death of the girl who was found washed up. Full credit to them, they stood up and did their service. "I am very proud of what they did", Detective Insp Hogan said.

The baby was pronounced dead a short time after emergency services arrived at Surfers Paradise beach around 12.30am.

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

Pictures emerging from the scene show police officers and forensic experts examining the body under a gazebo.

The Gold Coast is busy with tens of thousands of school leavers celebrating schoolies week.

Gold Coast resident Erin Sorensen says she went to police two months ago, fearing for the baby and her brother, who was about two.

Schoolies kicked off on Saturday night with over 13,000 school leavers attending the event, with an expected 22,000 students set to visit Surfers Paradise over the next 3 weeks.

Past year 19 schoolies were arrested over the first weekend.

Schoolies week is a timely reminder to the community that the possession and consumption of illicit drugs is illegal.

On Sunday, nine teens were arrested on 11 offences which were mainly for public nuisance and drug possession.

"Police continue to remind school leavers that the possession and consumption of unsafe drugs is illegal and could have fatal consequences", Queensland Police said in a statement.

Her 23-year-old mother remains in custody but has not been charged.

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