He got out of the car, walked to the rear passenger door where his two sons Ben 6 and Jack 2 were sitting, learned over to Darcy and unbuckled her seat belt. He then carried her to the edge of the bridge near its highest point. The child seemed to go limp, she didn't fight or struggle or cry out. He walked to the edge of the bridge, lifted her over the railing and let her go. She fell 58 metres into the water below. Freeman then got back into his car and drove off as frantic motorists called police.
Water Police got to her first, she had shocking injuries and was taken to the Children's hospital in a critical condition. Then the police, who feared for the safety of the other two children, started a massive search for her father.
At around 10.30am they were called to the Family Law Courts in the city. Security staff phoned police after seeing a man in the foyer crying and shaking uncontrollably. His two sons were clinging to him and he begged the security guards to take them. When police arrived, Freeman was arrested and taken away. His ex-wife Peta, rushed to the hospital to be with her daughter but she died shortly after.