Father and baby daughter die in suspected murder-suicide in South Australia

Kobi Shepherd.
Kobi Shepherd. Photo credit: SA police

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A father and his baby daughter have died after falling from a South Australian (SA) dam in what police say is a murder-suicide.

Emergency services were called to the Barossa Reservoir in SA on Wednesday after receiving reports a man had jumped from the dam's Whispering Wall - a popular tourist attraction - with a baby attached to him in a child carrier.

The father and daughter, identified as 38-year-old Henry Shepherdson and nine-month-old Kobi, died at the scene. 

"Obviously this is a highly distressing and emotional set of circumstances, not only for the family and friends of Kobi and also Henry - but for the people who were witnesses and tried to assist Kobi at the scene," said SA assistant police commissioner Ian Parrott, as reported by 7 News.

There appeared to be a history of domestic violence within the family, Parrott said.

"We have a beautiful little face which will probably be the face of domestic violence moving forward." 

Parrott thanked members of the public who stopped to assist.

"No one likes to see kids suffering," he said, the ABC reports. "The bravery and compassion that those people showed to help Kobi at the time is immeasurable."

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