HE made his ‘‘extraordinary entrance’’ at a makeshift hippie commune just outside of Singleton, his parents telling the world that their little boy had been a long time coming.
But just seven months after his ‘‘freebirth’’ at the Glendon Brook camp, the boy is dead and his once-doting father charged with his only son’s murder.
The father, who helped deliver the baby without any medical help at the bush camp on November 26, stands accused of falling from a Queensland pedestrian bridge with the baby in his grasp on Saturday night.
It is alleged the man surfaced in the Logan River without the baby, got back to dry land and walked back to his home to tell his wife and the boy’s mother, and the couple’s daughters, of the incident.
He was charged with murder later that night and his matter was briefly mentioned in Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning, with the man declining a chance to face a courtroom that was attended by grieving family members.
The watchhouse must have seemed a world away from the makeshift camp the family set-up as part of a ‘‘Rainbow Gathering’’ at Glendon Brook during November last year.
The couple, who had been together for about 13 years, had lived an alternative lifestyle that included homeschooling their children.
The November gathering was organised by the ‘‘Rainbow Family’’, a group described on an ‘‘unofficial website’’ as ‘‘an expression of a Utopian impulse, combined with bohemianism, freethought and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the 1960s counterculture’’.
The boy’s mother, a prolific contributor to websites, wrote a detailed blog of the ‘‘freebirthing’’ of her son at the camp.
She also wrote of being part of the rainbow gathering for a fortnight before the birth and how access in and out of the property had been cut off by the rising floodwaters of Glendon Brook.
The family, who lived on a vegan diet, had been travelling throughout Australia for a year, using a truck and trailer as their home.
‘‘Our son has been a long-time coming. I first saw him in a vision when I was nineteen - shortly before I met [her husband],’’ she wrote.
Their website said: ‘‘We’re a nomadic family with five kids, currently travelling in Australia, re-thinking everything and living free’’.
The family are believed to have returned to their property at Eagleby, south of Brisbane, only a few weeks ago.’’
The man will face court again next month.