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Father accused of trying to gas his three-year-old daughter to death has court hearing postponed

A father accused with the attempted murder of his three-year-old daughter will face court at a later date after waking from a coma with pneumonia.

Shaun Mate, 43, is accused of trying to gas his daughter Eloise to death at the family’s Eden Hills home, in Adelaide’s south-east on Thursday.

A bedside court hearing was scheduled for Monday but it was postponed after his lawyers told Christies Beach Magistrates Court the father had woken from a lung infection on Sunday and remains in intensive care.

The bail hearing will now take place in Adelaide’s Magistrates Court next week, ABC News report.

Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise (pictured together) remain in a critical condition after the pair were found unconscious in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise (pictured together) remain in a critical condition after the pair were found unconscious in a ‘gas filled bedroom’

Magistrate Kym Millard also ordered a psychiatric assessment be completed before the case resumes. 

Mate and his daughter were rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in a bedroom just after midnight on Thursday.   

Police were called to home following a frantic Triple-0 call from the man’s distraught wife.

She told the operator she found him and their three-year-old daughter unconscious in a ‘gas filled bedroom’.

His wife and the couple’s six-month-old daughter were in another room at time and were unharmed.  

Mate and his daughter were treated at the scene before they were transferred to Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition. 

Eloise was later transferred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and placed in a induced coma, with her mother remaining at her bedside. 

The little girl’s condition has since improved and she is no longer in an induced coma. 

Mate's wife (pictured with her husband) made the frantic Triple-0 call just after midnight

 Mate’s wife (pictured with her husband) made the frantic Triple-0 call just after midnight

Shaun Mate (pictured with paramedics on the stretcher) was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre on Thursday night

Shaun Mate (pictured with paramedics on the stretcher) was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre on Thursday night

Police formally arrested Mate at the Flinders Medical Centre on Sunday. 

Mate’s wife is a doctor with an interest in mental health.

The couple are also believed to be keen scuba divers and recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary.

Crime scene investigators were seen leaving the home on Thursday with several bags of evidence – including a computer hard drive, oxygen tanks and several gas cylinders.  

Police also door-knocked nearby homes as they tried to piece together what happened. 

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the investigation was in its ‘very early stages’ but said it was believed to be a ‘domestic violence related’.

‘Obviously very tragic circumstances but at this stage the indications are that it may be domestic-violence related but it’s too early for us to be specific about the causes,’ he said on Thursday.

Shaun Mate remains under police guard at Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition

Shaun Mate remains under police guard at Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition

Police are trying to piece together how Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise ended up unconscious  in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Police are trying to piece together how Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise ended up unconscious  in a ‘gas filled bedroom’

He added the incident had taken a toll on the emergency workers who responded to the Triple-0 call.

‘I can speak from personal experience and I think most police officers can as well, when you’re involved in a set of circumstances that involves injury or harm to a small child it does make the job that much more difficult and there’s a personal toll that comes with dealing with those sorts of situations,’ Commissioner Stevens said. 

‘You can’t take away from the fact that you’re dealing with a tragic set of circumstances.’ 

‘Once the treatment is provided and we have a clearer picture of exactly what’s happened,’ Commissioner Stevens said.

News of the harrowing incident shocked neighbours in Kinedana Street.

Betty Malavazos said her granddaughters played chasey with the little girl at a nearby park only a few days ago. 

‘She is a beautiful little girl – a sweet little girl – and I pray to god for her,’ she told  the Adelaide Advertiser.

Fellow neighbour Peter Kavouras’ only thoughts were for the little girl.

‘My heart goes out to her and I hope she pulls though as quickly as possible,’ he said. 

For confidential support call Lifeline: 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636. 

Shaun Mate and his wife, a doctor, recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary

Shaun Mate and his wife, a doctor, recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary

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