First picture of little Charlie, six, who died after living in the alleged ‘house of horrors’ – as disturbing details emerged about the family’s fast-food diet and ‘poor’ living conditions
- Six-year-old Charlie died of suspected malnutrition at his home in Adelaide on Friday
- First photo has emerged of a little girl who died as a suspected victim of neglect
- Five other siblings, between the ages of seven and 16, were taken away from their home
- Her death is being investigated as a case of criminal negligence resulting in death
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The first photo of the six-year-old girl who died as a suspected victim of criminal neglect has emerged – little Charlie smiling sweetly for the camera, her hair neatly brushed.
South Australian Police launched a “grave crimes” inquiry into Charlie’s death on Tuesday after she was found unresponsive at her home north of Adelaide on Friday.
The six-year-old girl was taken to Lyell McEwin Hospital by paramedics, where she died shortly after arriving.
An investigation is launched into Charlie’s family’s interactions with government agencies leading up to her death.
The first photo of the six-year-old girl who died as a suspected victim of criminal neglect has emerged – little Charlie smiling sweetly for the camera, her hair neatly brushed
SA Deputy Police Commissioner Linda Williams said the autopsy results indicated “concerns” about the state of Charlie’s health and well-being.
Ms Williams described the six-year-old’s living conditions as “poor” and said it was too early to know if her death could have been prevented.
“We will look at the family’s interactions with both state and non-state agencies,” she told reporters Tuesday.
“But it will take some time for us to gather all this information.”
The commissioner confirmed that SA police and other government agencies had interacted with the family for at least the last few years.
She couldn’t confirm when Charlie was last seen or when he went to school.
Her death is being investigated as a case of criminal negligence resulting in death, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
A six-year-old has died of suspected malnutrition and her siblings have been removed from their ‘house of horrors’ in Adelaide. Charlie was rushed to Lyell McEwin Hospital (pictured) by paramedics on Friday
The police have declared it a felony and Taskforce Prime has been formed.
The task force will investigate criminal neglect charges against five other children, between the ages of seven and 16, who lived in the same home.
The five siblings, aged 8, 10, 13, 14 and 15, have been removed from their home and are in the care of the Department for Child Protection.
The children were reportedly living with their mother while their father was behind bars for domestic violence-related offenses.
In 2008, three adults were jailed for stabbing and beating five children at a house in Parafield Gardens, north Adelaide.
Her shocking abuse was only revealed when a child was hospitalized with a head injury and hypothermia.
Commissioner Williams said she “understands” how people might compare Charlie’s death to the “house of horrors”.
“This is very serious. The death of one person is tragic, but the death of a young child, a six-year-old girl, obviously causes great concern for everyone,” she said.
Police are investigating whether Charlie’s five siblings were also neglected (stock image)