A toddler pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital in Queensland was sick in the days leading up to her death, police have revealed.
Speaking on Friday, Detective Acting Inspector Chris Eaton, from Mackay’s Whitsunday District, said the two-year-old had been unwell in the days before she was taken to Mackay Base Hospital by her mother about 8pm on Thursday.
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But authorities would not be drawn on whether illness or injury was to blame for her death, which has triggered a police investigation.
“We are in the very early stages of the investigation,” Eaton said.
“Under the direction of the coroner, we’ll investigate what has occurred, the lead-up and the causation of the child’s death.”
With the investigation in its infancy, Eaton said police are “nowhere near” considering whether charges may be laid over the death – but did confirm the child’s family home is being examined as part of “normal, routine investigations”.
“We expect that to take some time and that will assist the police investigation and also the coroner in determining the cause of death,” Eaton said.
“This family have lost a two-year-old child. The pain and suffering they must be going through at this particular moment in time would be unbearable.”
Police would also not be drawn on whether authorities had previous contact with the family.
Earlier police revealed the dead toddler was taken to Mackay Base Hospital about 8pm.
“An autopsy will be conducted to establish cause of death,” police said in a statement on Friday.
Queensland police’s child protection unit is leading the investigation, which is ongoing.
A crime scene has been established at a home in North Mackay with police officers combing the suburban property on Friday.
An autopsy will be conducted to pinpoint the girl’s cause of death.