Five siblings were removed from their Adelaide home following the death of their six-year-old sister, and police are investigating the case as criminal neglect.
A six-year-old girl died after being taken from her Adelaide home and police are investigating her death as a possible case of criminal neglect.
The baby was taken to Lyell McEwan Hospital on Friday morning after paramedics found her unconscious and she died shortly after being taken to the hospital.
According to 7Newsthe girl lived with her mother in a house in the northern Adelaide suburb of Munno Para and suffered from “multiple ailments”.
Five more children aged between seven and 16 were also taken from their home. Believed to be her siblings, South Australian Police are working with partner agencies to ensure their continued well-being.
Adelaide Advertiserreport that a six-year-old child may have died from “suspected malnutrition”, with authorities raising questions about the children’s diet and whether excessive amounts of “junk food” were consumed.
While the investigation is ongoing, her death is being investigated as a case of malpractice resulting in death, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Detectives from the Northern District Police and the Major Crime Unit are investigating the circumstances of her death. A group of specialists was also created, called Task Force Prime.
The police said in a statement that they will be conducting a “simultaneous and comprehensive coronal investigation that will focus on the causes and circumstances of the child’s death.”
The investigation is also expected to examine the living conditions of the girl’s siblings, as well as examine the children’s diet and any adverse effects this may have had.
The case has been compared to the infamous 2008 Adelaide “House of Horror” case. In one of the state’s worst cases of child abuse, 21 children were found living with six adults from three families in a squalid home that was filled with trash and infested with maggots, flies and cockroaches.
The children were not given food and suffered from severe malnutrition, stunting and scabies.
The children were discovered after a five-year-old boy was taken to hospital with severe hypothermia. Medical staff found him to be 97 percent lighter than other children his age. Adelaide Advertiser reports.
Three adults were imprisoned for taking part in the treatment of these children.