Mother and boyfriend are charged with manslaughter after a three-year-old girl was found dead in a car as the mercury soared to 32C
- Three-year-old girl died on Friday after allegedly being left in a car in Townsville
- Child’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with manslaughter on Friday
- Early reports suggest she could have been in the car for a number of hours
- With no ventilation, car interiors can reach temperatures of up to 75 degrees
A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter after a three-year-old girl was allegedly found dead inside a hot car on a scorching day.
The toddler was discovered inside her mother’s Toyota Prado at an address in Burdell, in Townsville’s north, at about 3pm on Friday afternoon.
Police said initial investigations indicate the little girl was allegedly left inside the locked vehicle for most of the day.
The toddler was rushed to Townsville University Hospital but was unable to be revived.
Queensland is currently in the grips of a heatwave with Townsville reaching 32.8C on Friday.
A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter after a three-year-old girl was allegedly found dead inside a hot car. Pictured: Emergency crews respond
A 37-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man have been charged with manslaughter.
They are due to appear before the Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Townsville Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said police were still investigating a number of possible scenarios, before adding the death was a ‘very preventable and unfortunate tragedy.’
‘Cars heat up very quickly, and the human body is susceptible to dramatic changes in temperature,’ he said.
‘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 those sorts of things, particularly in the tropics.’
The little girl’s siblings are now in the care of their father, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
This is the third incident in Queensland within a year.
A three-year-old boy died in February after he was left in a daycare bus in Cairns.
The child was rushed to Townsville University Hospital but was unable to be revived
In November 2019, Brisbane mother Kerri-Ann Conley, was charged with murder after her daughters, aged one and two, died in a similar incident.
According to Kidsafe, over 5,000 children are rescued each year in Australia after being left unattended in a car.
Children left in hot vehicles are at risk of life-threatening heatstroke, dehydration, suffocation, organ damage and death.
The interior of a car can peak at 75 degrees, regardless of whether or not the vehicle is in the sun or left in the shade.
The investigation is ongoing.