‘He’s absolutely gorgeous!’ Ray Hadley announces the birth of his grandchild – as he praises son Dan for ‘making leaps and bounds’ after his drug charge was dismissed on mental health grounds
Ray Hadley has become a grandfather for the second time.
The 64-year-old broadcaster announced on Thursday’s 4BC breakfast show that his son Daniel Hadley had welcomed a boy called Noah with his partner Cass Janes the previous day.
The happy news comes after Daniel, a 29-year-old former policeman, had a cocaine possession charge dismissed on mental health grounds in December.
‘He’s absolutely gorgeous’: Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley announced the birth of his grandson Noah William on Thursday’s 4BC breakfast show
‘As you can imagine, from a smitten granddad, he’s absolutely gorgeous,’ Ray told listeners on Thursday. ‘Noah will bring much joy to our lives. He has already.’
Ray revealed that the birth was ‘long and difficult’, with Cass requiring an emergency C-section, but both baby and mother are healthy and doing well.
The outspoken radio personality went on to praise Daniel for turning his life around after his legal troubles last year.
First-time parents: Noah is the first child for Ray Hadley’s son Daniel and his partner Cass Janes
Bundle of joy! ‘Noah will bring much joy to our lives, he has already,’ Ray told his 4BC listeners
‘It has been a difficult time for my family, but my family is very strong and my son is very strong,’ Ray said.
‘I’m very proud of the leaps and bounds he’s made over the past 12 months when his life was in crisis. It’s no longer in crisis. It’s just much joy.’
Daniel, who left the police force last year, met Cass when she was a bartender at The Great Australian Brewery in Sydney’s Rouse Hill.
In August 2018, Daniel was arrested and charged with cocaine possession while off-duty at the same pub.
He resigned as a senior constable in September, before his case was eventually dismissed on mental health grounds.
Personal turmoil: Ray also praised Daniel for ‘making leaps and bounds’ in the past 12 months, after his cocaine possession charge was dismissed on mental health grounds
Daniel told Parramatta Local Court in December that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The court heard that Daniel was being treated for mental health issues even before he was arrested in the hotel car park.
The magistrate accepted that he was suffering from several work-related psychological problems and was undergoing treatment.
The charge for possession of cocaine was dismissed under Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Procedures) Act.
Daniel separated from his wife Tahnee Anderson in early 2018, with Cass reportedly moving into his home just a few months later.
Moving on: Daniel separated from his wife Tahnee Anderson in early 2018, with Cass (pictured) reportedly moving into his home just a few months later