Former ‘X-Factor’ Contestant Charged With Murdering Baby

8 June 2023 | 2:51 pm | Staff Writer

He was arrested this morning.

Mitchell Callaway on 'The X-Factor'

Mitchell Callaway on 'The X-Factor' (Source: YouTube)

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A former X-Factor contestant was arrested this morning in Bowraville, NSW over the death of a baby in 2018.

As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Mitchell Callaway was taken to Macksville Police Station and charged with the murder of a 9-month-old girl.

Emergency services were called to a house in Binnaway, NSW on the morning of July 23, 2018 following reports of a 9-month-old girl that was unresponsive. The baby was rushed to hospital but passed away.

After recently receiving new information, detectives, who had been investigating since the death, executed a crime scene warrant at a Binnaway home last month, which ultimately led to the arrest of Callaway this morning.

Callaway appeared on season three of The X-Factor, placing seventh with Natalie Bassingthwaighte as his mentor.

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Prior to his appearance on the show, Callaway suffered a football injury that snapped his neck in three places, nearly killing him. He also stated during his time on the show that he “did not get along well with the law” growing up.

He has been refused bail and is expected to appear at Macksville Local Court today.