QUEENSLAND: Australian mother in has been charged with murder after her two children were found dead in a hot car. The two children, aged one and two, were found unresponsive by officers in Queensland. It is unclear how long they had been inside the car.
The two girls showed evidence of being exposed to extreme heat, a police officer said. Temperatures at the time they were discovered in the vehicle, in a town near Brisbane, was about 31C (88F). Their mother, Kerri-Ann Conley, 27, is the first person to be charged with murder after Queensland state expanded the definition of murder to include “reckless indifference to human life”. She was also charged with possessing drugs and utensils or a pipe, ABC reports.
US parents mourn hot car death of ‘miracle baby’ Hot car death dad says new safety rules not enough. Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the children’s’ deaths as “an absolute tragedy” and said the Department of Child Safety would review the case. “I was heartbroken when I heard about it,” she added. She added the children were known to the Department of Child Safety. Tips on keeping children safe in cars Keep a teddy bear in the car seat when it is empty, then when you put your child in the seat, move the toy to the front seat.
Family and friends of Ms Conley claim they made multiple attempts to alert the authorities to concerns they held for the two children.
“I know of four people that made reports to them and other agencies and nothing was done,” a family member told The Courier-Mail.