PICTURED: Beautiful three-year-old found dead inside her mother’s car on a scorching hot day – as she and the boyfriend she’d been seeing for two months are charged with manslaughter
- 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
- Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed toddler
A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter after her three-year-old girl was found dead inside a hot car on a scorching day.
Police allege Laura Black, 37, and Aaron Hill, 29, left ‘beautiful’ toddler Rylee Rose Black inside a Toyota Prado just before 3pm on Friday.
Initial investigations indicate the little toddler was allegedly left inside the locked vehicle for most of the day, police said.
Police alleged Laura Black, 37, (pictured left) and Aaron Hill, 29 (pictured right), left ‘beautiful’ toddler Rylee Rose Black inside a Toyota Prado just before 3pm on Friday
Police said initial investigations indicate the little toddler (pictured) was allegedly left inside the locked vehicle for most of the day
Rylee 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.
The pair were due to appear before Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday but Ms Black’s lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned until December 14, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
Mr Hill is not Rylee’s biological father.
Ms Black is now seeking legal aid support. Both were remanded and remain in custody.
Investigators said the pair were not known to police.
On Facebook, friends and loved ones rushed to support the couple.
One friend described Mr Hill – an avid pig hunter who works as a driller at a mine in Mt Isa – as a ‘great dad’.
Tributes have poured in from across the country on social media for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl.
‘RIP little darling,’ one person wrote.
Others said: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with the dad and siblings’ and ‘rest in paradise little angel’.
Another posted: ‘Rest In Peace little darling. I’m so sorry this has happened to you.’
‘Heart breaking, that poor darling left on her own in her final stages. Fly high little one. May you be with the angels,’ a social media user said.
‘Heart breaking, that poor darling left on her own in her final stages. Fly high little one. May you be with the angels,’ a social media user said
Tributes have poured in from across the country on social media for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl
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 an 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 biological father.
This is the third such incident in Queensland within a year.
Rylee was rushed to Townsville University Hospital (pictured) but was unable to be revived
A three-year-old boy died in February after he was left in a daycare bus in Cairns.
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 pair were due to appear before Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday but Ms Black’s lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned until December 14. (pictured, Emergency crews respond)