A 37-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man have had their cases heard in court for the first time after being charged with manslaughter following the death of a three-year-old girl in Townsville.
The mother, Laura Black, and her boyfriend, Aaron Hill, were charged late last night, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
Black didn’t appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today but had her case adjourned until December 14.
Her lawyer requested the two week adjournment so Black can seek legal aid, according to the publication.
Hill fronted the court, also asking for an adjournment.
Both were remanded in custody.
A search of the couple’s social media pages found they had only been dating for two months before the tragic death of Black’s young daughter after she was left in a hot car.
Police flooded the hospital on Friday following reports of the girl’s death before taking the pair in for questioning, which reportedly took hours.
“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.”
Queensland police announced the charges late yesterday after investigations into the death of the child.
The Townsville Child Protection and Investigation Unit have promised a thorough investigation into the care of the child, not only on the day she died but in the days leading up to the tragic event.
Initial reports suggest the three-year-old girl was left in the car in the early hours of the morning, shortly after her mother dropped her siblings off at school.
Her body was only discovered when her mother returned to the vehicle, en route to collect her siblings.
The siblings are now in the care of their father. Neither the child, the mother or boyfriend were known to police.
One police officer at the scene kept watch over the car – a white Toyota Prado – while multiple other police went inside the hospital, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
The vehicle has become a part of the police investigation, according to the ABC.
The temperature in Townsville was predicted to reach a top of 31C on Friday.
The couple’s social media pages show both they both have children from previous relationships, with Black having four daughters and Hill having two daughters.
Hill’s Facebook is full of pictures of him with his daughters, with commenters labelling him a “great dad”.
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