'Paedophile' dad charged with killing baby gives extraordinary reason for his son's death

'Paedophile' dad charged with killing baby gives extraordinary reason for his son's death

A young father accused of killing his 21-day-old son has claimed the little boy died after he tripped over his dog and crashed into his bassinet.

Ashley John McGregor, from Christies Beach in Adelaide's south, was arrested on Friday and charged with manslaughter and neglect after his son was found with a bleeding brain and fractured ribs.

The 31-year-old claimed in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday that the infant fell out of his cradle onto the ground on April 21.

He claimed he tripped over the dog and knocked the bassinet, causing it to flip over.

McGregor and his partner took the unresponsive newborn to Noarlunga Hospital three days later, but the baby was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination revealed the little boy's injuries were allegedly 'inflicted', which was inconsistent with McGreger's explanation of what happened, the ABC and 7News reported.

The boy's mother is also being questioned.

Outside court on Monday after McGregor's bail hearing, a family friend told 7 News the mother was 'in shock'.

Ashley John McGreger (pictured), from Christies Beach in Adelaide's south, was arrested on Friday after the death of his 21-day-old son.

The court also heard that McGregor is also facing a string of child sex charges, including maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child, and having sexual intercourse with a person under 14 years old.

He was also accused of producing and possessing child exploitation material after police allegedly found 'thousands' of images depicting child pornography on a mobile phone.

'There's thousands of images on the phone; they haven't all been categorised as of yet, but some of the images are some of the worst we've seen,' the prosecutor said in court.

McGregor was not granted bail due to the serious nature of the allegations.

He will appear back in court in February 2022.
'Paedophile' dad charged with killing baby gives extraordinary reason for his son's death
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