Police, family appeal for information

Connor Horan died in August 2018 while in the care of a babysitter. Police have released an emotional video with Connor''s mother and grandmother as part of their appeal for information from the public.

Detectives have launched a public appeal as they continue investigations into the death of a two-year-old boy in Warwick in 2018.

In a statement released today, Tuesday 28 January 2020, Queensland Police said Connor Horan (pictured) was in the care of a 38-year-old female babysitter when he was taken to Warwick Hospital and declared deceased at 11.30am on August 19 2018.

Connor had been staying at the babysitter’s East Street residence from Friday, August 17 2018 to the following Sunday.

The boy sustained multiple head and internal injuries after it was reported to police that the boy had fallen down a small set of stairs, the police statement said.

Detectives from the Child Trauma Unit and Darling Downs District Crime Group commenced investigations following the death and subsequent post mortem examinations.

Darling Downs District Detective Acting Inspector Matt Howard said police were conducting a full investigation into Connor’s death.

“We are committed to providing the child’s family with the answers they deserve following such a tragic event,” Detective Acting Inspector Howard said.

“Detectives are piecing together a timeline of events from that weekend and are seeking the assistance of the public to help us fully understand the circumstances of what happened.

“If anyone who was in the Warwick area at the time saw Connor or has heard any information about what took place on that weekend, we urge them to come forward and speak with police.”

Police have released a video statement with Connor’s mother, Emily Horan and grandmother, Deborah Ballard, to assist with the public appeal for information.

Deborah said the family think about Connor every day and miss him dearly.

“My family needs to know why my grandson died that day… It’s destroyed our family not knowing what’s happened.

“If anyone knows any information or has seen my grandson or the babysitter over that weekend, please go to the police,” Deborah said.

• If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide it anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.


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