Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A mother has been charged with manslaughter, after her Baby Dies in a Hot Car, Australia - 26th Oct 2011

A mother has been charged with manslaughter after the death of her daughter, who police allege was left alone in a hot car in Sydney's west.

Police say they were called by staff at Toongabbie Medical Centre on Thursday where the 22-month-old toddler had been brought in by her mother.

It is believed the girl had been dead for some time and a preliminary autopsy showed she died of dehydration.

Blacktown Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Wright described the incident as a tragedy.

"I don't know how many times we've issued warnings to people about the danger of leaving children unattended in a motor vehicle," he told reporters in Blacktown.

He said the temperature on the day was 27.5 degrees Celsius and the temperature inside the car could have been 40 degrees Celsius.

"At the end of the day, a toddler, a 22-month-old child is solely dependant on their carer. The onus is on us as parents and carers to look after those children."

The child's mother appeared in Blacktown Local Court on Wednesday where she was charged with manslaughter and released on conditional bail to appear again on December 16. - Source