A man accused of murdering his baby granddaughter and trying to kill his wife and daughter in a stabbing frenzy has had his charges dropped.
Yonghou Cao, 54, was charged with murder in January 2016 after the attack in Brisbane’s south, which left Quanqin “Queenie” Xu dead in hospital less than three months after her birth.
The Parkinson man was also accused of trying to kill Queenie’s mother, Yuanyuan Cao, and grandmother, Huijan Fu, and was formally charged in a bedside hearing at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Police confirmed those charges were withdrawn on Thursday when Mr Coa was due to front the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
A neighbour’s mobile phone captured what appeared to be the sound of the two-month-old girl’s mother’s screams as she fled the house on the afternoon of January 6, 2016.
Her “little princess” had been fatally stabbed while still lying in her bassinet.
The next night, neighbour Nikolao Ropati was among more than 200 people gathered in the park across the road to publicly mourn the baby girl.
“I heard the lady scream and saying ‘help, help’,” he said.
“And then I turn around on my left side, because that side on my walkway… and then I saw the woman covered with blood.
“I grab the hand and I say ‘what’s happened?’ and she didn’t tell me what’s happened.
“The only thing she told me, ‘he came with the knife’.”
The grandfather was handcuffed in his driveway a few minutes later and taken to the same hospital as his wife and daughter, suffering self-inflicted stab wounds.
His wife and daughter both underwent surgery for serious stab wounds before being able to return to their Watheroo Place home.
Queenie’s father, Tenglong Xu, was working at the time of the attack and had to hear the news from the police.
“My wife and I would like to extend our thanks to the community for the support they have shown to us since this tragic incident that occurred within our family home on Wednesday,” he said at the time.
“We are struggling to come to terms with the loss of our daughter and with the terrible injuries that my wife and her mother have suffered.”
Mr Cao and his wife were believed to have flown to Brisbane from China at the start of December to help their daughter care for her newborn baby, also known as Qianqian.