The National Justice Project is progressing proceedings against the WA police on behalf of the Mullaley family, who tragically lost their infant son, baby Charlie, in a heartbreaking case of police discrimination.
In March 2013 Tamica Mullaley, the 28-year-old mother of baby Charlie, ”had been punched repeatedly, stripped naked and left by the side of the road in the West Australian town of Broome by her then-de facto partner, Mervyn Bell.”
“Later that night, while Ms Mullaley was in hospital, Mr Bell abducted her 10-month-old baby Charlie before sexually assaulting and murdering him the next day.”
The lawsuit filed by the National Justice Project on behalf of Tamica and Ted Mullaley claims that if “a non-Aboriginal baby had been found at the scene of a violent assault with the mother lying on the ground, naked, wrapped in a bloodied sheet … officers would have made reasonable attempts to transfer the baby to a parent, guardian or relative rather than to two acquaintances and failing that would have placed the baby under police supervision.”
The matter is scheduled for hearing on October 31, 2019 in Perth and NJP lawyers will attend to represent the Mullaleys with barristers the NJP has instructed, aided by the generosity of donors who assisted with the travel costs associated with appearance at the hearing.
The NJP continues to work tirelessly on this matter in pursuit of justice for the Mullaleys and baby Charlie.