Tasmania Police said it would review the findings of a coronial inquest that found a two-month-old baby died as the result of multiple occasions of physical abuse by her father.
Coroner Olivia McTaggart handed down her findings in Hobart on Wednesday into the death of Charlotte Lukendlay.
Northern District Acting Commander Gary Williams said Tasmania Police was aware of the findings and it would review the matter.
"Our thoughts are with are with Charlotte's family and loved ones at this difficult time," Acting Commander Williams said.
Charlotte was found unresponsive on February 21, 2016, at a Newnham unit after being alone with her father Gaurav Endlay for the 40 minutes.
Her mother, Rongrong (Angel) Lu, called triple-0. Charlotte was taken by ambulance to Launceston General Hospital and then flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital where she died of her injuries four days later.
A coronial inquest was held in Launceston earlier this year to examine the circumstances of Charlotte's death, including hearing evidence of alleged family violence by her father.
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- Evidence of family violence, prolonged trauma to baby, and threats
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- 'I never, ever expect him to kill my baby': Mother
- Father blames mother's burping of baby for fatal fractures
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Ms McTaggart said when Charlotte presented at the LGH, her injuries were "consistent with non-accidental injury".
"Charlotte's father was the last person to see her in a conscious state," Ms McTaggart said.
"I am in no doubt Mr Endlay inflicted harm on Charlotte."
Ms McTaggart said she could not determine exactly how Charlotte was injured, apart from stating Mr Endlay exerted pressure on her rib cage, possibly by squeezing her hard or pushing her forcefully into a mattress.
Mr Endlay's actions towards his daughter are in the context of a regularly expressed desire to kill her or see her dead.Olivia McTaggart
During the inquest, Ms McTaggart heard evidence the baby suffered a hypoxic brain injury and fractures to her ribs consistent with multiple separate instances of trauma prior to her death.
Ms McTaggart said she accepted the evidence that Charlotte had suffered injuries on multiple occasions, but said she was unable to determine exactly when the incidents occurred.
"I am not able to determine the occasions upon which he caused her clavicle fracture and rib fractures, except that they occurred over the course of her short life," she said.
"The fractures themselves did not cause Charlotte's death but, together with the other episodes of Mr Endlay's maltreatment and abuse, are evidence of his regularly expressed desire to hurt Charlotte."
Charlotte's mother heard the coroner's findings over the phone and Mr Endlay appeared by video-link.
Endlay abusive from day one
Ms McTaggart said Mr Endlay had been physically, emotionally and financially abusive to Ms Lu from the start of their relationship.
"Much of his behaviour appeared to be driven by a deep-seated anger, exacerbated by excessive consumption of alcohol," Ms McTaggart said.
"The extent of her fear of Mr Endlay was obvious from her evidence."
During the inquest, Ms Lu said she blamed Mr Endlay for Charlotte's death and detailed multiple instances of family violence, including an incident that occurred when the couple were living in Darwin in 2014, when Mr Endlay chocked Ms Lu and threatened her with a knife.
Mr Endlay gave evidence that burping by her mother caused Charlotte's fractures.
Ms McTaggart said Mr Endlay's version of events was "simply implausible".
"I fully accept the evidence of Ms Lu. Ms Lu did not harm Charlotte in any way," Ms McTaggart said.
"She adored Charlotte and tried assiduously to be a caring mother to her."
Ms McTaggart said there was no evidence Mr Endlay suffered from any particular mental health condition or personality disorder.
"However, the level of rage towards his infant daughter, manifesting in abusive treatment towards her, suggests a lack of ability to love, empathise and to consider the needs of any person but himself," she said.
Intervention could have saved baby's life
In her findings, Ms McTaggart noted whilst Ms Lu was unable to influence Mr Endlay, his parents, Mr and Mrs Endlay senior, were able to exert influence over him.
"They had knowledge of the serious risk to Charlotte at the hands of their son and could have intervened in several ways to protect Ms Lu and, most importantly, Charlotte," Ms McTaggart said.
Ms McTaggart highlighted an incident when Ms Lu told Mr Endlay's parents he had punched Charlotte in the chest while she was asleep, stating "everything is the baby's fault".
When Ms Lu described the incident to Mr and Mrs Endlay senior, they said "what can we do?", Ms McTaggart said.
"If they had tried to initiate action to help remove Charlotte from the home, she may have lived," she said.