In a horrifying incident, 37-year-old X Factor Australia contestant Mitchell Callaway was charged with the murder of a 9-month-old baby. He was arrested in Bowraville, on the NSW Mid North Coast hinterland where his home is located following a 5-year investigation.
In 2018, emergency responders were called to a Binnaway home where a 9-month-old baby girl was found unresponsive. Even though she was rushed to Coonabarabran Hospital, doctors were unable to save the little girl.
Her death was deemed to have occurred under suspicious circumstances and even though no one was charged initially, that changed as the investigation progressed: "A break in the case came late last month and officers returned to the town on May 31 to pick through the backyard of a suburban brick home. Officers scoured with metal detectors and with hands and feet. The items they collected were sent away for forensic tests and police appealed to the public for information. One week later detectives arrested Callaway at a home 500 kilometres away in Bowraville about 9.45am on Thursday."
Callaway first appeared on the TV show, X Factor Australia in 2011 by performing Keith Urban's song Tonight I Wanna Cry. Per reports, he was later ousted in a showdown with fellow contestant Johnny Ruffo, who placed 3rd in the competition and went on to sign a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. Callaway placed 7th in the contest.
Callaway suffered traumatic injuries before he came on the show as this excerpt explains: "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."