A single light remains on in a family home where a boy was reportedly tortured by his father with an ‘offensive instrument’ for seven months – before both his parents were accused of murdering him.
Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and Noemi Kondacs, 22, are said to have tortured their seven-month-old son, Rhuan Immanuel, between April 11 and November 2 of this year — throughout his life — until he died on Wednesday.
Paramedics called police at the rental house on Mount Samson Road in Yugar, north of Brisbane, at 6:45 a.m. Thursday on Thursday after finding the boy unresponsive.
The couple, who are considered deeply religious, have been charged with murder and torture, while Bosch is also charged with assault with bodily harm. They stood before the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on Friday via video link.
On Monday afternoon, days after detectives finished tracking the eerie scene, the house appeared dark, eerie and almost completely deserted—except for a light that still glowed in one of the bedrooms.
Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and Noemi Kondacs, 22 (pictured), allegedly tortured their seven-month-old son, Rhuan Immanuel, between April 11 and November 2 of this year
Pictured: A light on in a home’s bedroom, days after a little boy was allegedly murdered by his parents indoors
A large water container, empty cardboard boxes, a broom and a rake were seen next to the stained glass doors in the living room (photo)
Outside the rented property were remnants of the couple’s semi-rural life — a large water container, empty cardboard boxes, a broom and a rake were scattered next to the stained glass doors in the living room.
An abandoned trailer, piles of tiles, solar panels and power cords lined either side of the house, while garden ornaments and Christmas lights were secured to padlocked gates within the driveway.
A few yards down the busy road was a bench full of flowers, teddy bears, and cards for the little boy.
“Don’t worry, little man,” read a card.
A Yugar resident, who declined to be named, told the Daily Mail Australia that her neighbors feel co-responsible for the alleged torture and murder taking place right under their noses.
“We all blame ourselves a little, but what can you do?” she said.
Pictured: A water container, boxes and gardening tools outside the house where a boy is said to have been murdered
The couple claimed the couple prayed for their critically injured baby’s recovery before calling an ambulance the day after his death.
Pictured: Jars of preserves appeared to be untouched in the kitchen of the house
The resident explained that she didn’t know the couple even had a baby, and if she had, they wouldn’t have been able to hear it over the constant roar of traffic on Mount Samson Road.
Shocked neighbors said they never spoke to the couple, originally from South Africa, but described the situation as “tragic”.
According to court documents, Bosch was a youth worker but had been unemployed for some time before his son died.
On Friday, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told ABC Radio that the scene was “the most horrific and confrontational scene you could ever encounter as a police officer.”
The couple has been arrested at the place where the child died, police said.
Court documents allege Bosch tortured and assaulted Rhuan while armed with an offensive instrument, inflicting bodily harm on him between April 11 and November 2.
Residents and passers-by left tributes to the little boy near the family home (pictured)
Some locals left flowers for the baby boy, along with touching messages
A card reads: ‘Don’t worry little man’
The parents are said to have prayed for the child’s recovery for 24 hours until they called an ambulance when he stopped responding.
Police immediately locked down the house and launched Operation Uniform Salwood to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
“At this stage, we have no information to suggest that the child has underlying health problems,” Detective Superintendent David Jackman said Thursday.
“The investigation has revealed injuries to the child that are sufficient for us to charge a murder charge.”
Bosch made the first call to paramedics, Detective Inspector David Jackman said Thursday.
The couple was not previously known to the police, and neither was the address.
The Brisbane Magistrate’s Court does not have jurisdiction to hear bail requests for murder, and the cases were adjourned until December 5.