Brisbane man charged with murder after son found in house 'unfit for children'

An Australian man has been charged with murdering his infant son after his body was found in a home so dirty it was deemed "unfit for children."

Adrian Joshua Wommie Ware was five months old when his body was discovered at the Russell Street home in Cleveland in 2017. His cause of death was determined to be a head injury.

His father, Kozan Samual Thomas Ware, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with his murder.

Forensic paediatrician Dr Catherine Skellern told the court the home in which Adrian was found was unfit for those inhabiting it, reports 7 News.

She described it as having "poor hygiene unfit for any person especially children."

Other children in the house were sleeping on bare mattresses, with clutter throughout the house and Ware sleeping on a couch.

The court heard Ware told police his child had fallen from the bed onto a concrete carpeted floor, four days before his death. 

 The doctor who performed the autopsy on the infant said it was unlikely this killed him.

"It is unlikely a short fall would have caused this degree of injury and death of a child," said Dr Andrew Kedziora. 

He could not determine if the injury which killed Adrian was accidental or inflicted, reports ABC.

Kedziora was questioned whether the baby could have died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

"I definitely considered SIDS," Kedziora told the court.

"However I did not ignore the evidence of a head injury." 

Ware will stand trial in the Supreme Court at a later date.