Three-year-old girl found dead inside scorching car in 33C heat as mum and boyfriend charged with manslaughter

Three-year-old girl found dead inside scorching car in 33C heat as mum and boyfriend charged with manslaughter

11/28/2020

A MUM and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter after her three-year-old girl died inside a car as temperatures crept up to 33C.

Police allege Laura Black, 37, and Aaron Hill, 29, left Rylee Rose Black inside a Toyota Prado in Queensland, Australia, for most of the day.



Rylee was rushed to Townsville University Hospital but was unable to be revived.

Black and Hill were arrested here.

They had been set to appear before Townsville Magistrates Court today but Black's lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned until December 14, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

Hill is not Rylee's biological father and is believed to have dated Black for just two months. 

Both were remanded and remain in custody.

Investigators said the pair were not known to police. 

In a statement, Queensland police said: "Police were notified at around 3.30pm this afternoon when a 37-year-old Burdell woman and 29-year-old Burdell man took the girl to the Townsville University Hospital,” Queensland police said in a statement.

"Preliminary investigations indicate the young child was left inside a locked vehicle for most of the day."

Initial reports suggest the toddler was left in the car shortly after her mother dropped her siblings off at school.

She was reportedly found dead when her mother returned to the vehicle to pick up her other kids from school.

Cars heat up very quickly, and the human body is susceptible to dramatic changes in temperature

Townsville Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said it was a "very preventable and an unfortunate tragedy".

He said: "Cars heat up very quickly, and the human body is susceptible to dramatic changes in temperature.

"The best advice that we can give is do not leave children or pets in motor vehicles when they are stationary, with no ventilation, no air conditioning, particularly in the tropics."

The couple’s social media pages show they both have kids from previous relationships.

Black has four daughters and Hill has two daughters.

Meanwhile pals gave messages of support on Facebook.

One described Hill, who works as a driller at a mine in Mt Isa, as a "great dad".


Tributes were also paid for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl. 

One person posted: "Heart breaking, that poor darling left on her own in her final stages. 

"Fly high little one. May you be with the angels."

The little girl's siblings are now in the care of their biological father.

This is the third such incident in Queensland in the past year.  

A three-year-old boy died in February after he was left in a daycare bus in Cairns. 

In November last year, Brisbane mother Kerri-Ann Conley, was charged with murder after her daughters, aged one and two, died in a similar incident. 

More than 5,000 children are rescued each year in Australia after being left in cars. 

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