Townsville toddler death: two charged after child allegedly left in car during heatwave | Queensland

A Townsville woman has been charged over the death of her daughter after the toddler was allegedly left in a car for most of the day amid soaring temperatures.

Police were called to the Townsville University Hospital on Friday afternoon after the child’s mother found the three-year-old dead in the car and rushed her to the hospital.

The woman, 37, and her boyfriend, 29, have been charged with manslaughter.

“Unfortunately, [this was] a very preventable and unfortunate tragedy,” Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles told reporters.

“The charge manslaughter indicates that there’s been negligence on the part of people responsible for this child’s health and wellbeing.”

The pair will face Townsville magistrates court on Saturday.

The temperature in Townsville reached 31C on Friday.

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