Police believe the death of an 11-month-old girl found in the parking lot of Kingsway Christian College in Perth’s northern suburb of Darch was a tragic accident.
It is believed that the mother was picking up one of her older children at a childcare facility at Kingsway Christian College when her child was found lifeless in the back of her car.
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Police Commissioner Chris Dawson confirmed Thursday that the baby’s 39-year-old mother found the child was unresponsive and immediately went to seek help.
On Wednesday at around 5:45 p.m., paramedics were called on site, and detectives from Major Crime arrived shortly thereafter.
Describing the incident as a “very tragic event”, Dawson said the girl’s family received support, a family chaplain and professional advice.
The school is closed for holidays, but the childcare facility was open and operated separately.
Police at the scene after a little girl was found dead in the parking lot of a Perth school. Image credit: 7NEWS
On Thursday, Peter Burton, director of Kingsway Christian College, sent a letter to the local school community.
“By now you may have heard or read media reports of the WA Police Department investigating the discovery of the body of an infant associated with the after-school care provided on the premises of our school,” he said.
“The exact details of what happened have yet to be determined by the police. Since this tragic circumstance is the subject of a police investigation, the College is limited to what it can say other than to confirm that we are making our full offer of assistance to investigating authorities.
“While the out-of-school care facility is on college campus, it works independently of the college.
The 11-month-old’s shocking discovery was made on Wednesday night at college. Image credit: 7NEWS
“Our prayers go out to the relatives of those affected and, as this is important, we will provide information to the school community. In the meantime, if you have any information about this incident, please contact the WA Police Department. “
A white van was towed from the scene around midnight on Wednesday.
A local resident told The West Australian that he saw an ambulance drive past his home but didn’t know why.
“We never thought it was a kid,” he said.
“What can I say, it’s really sad.”
The investigation is still ongoing.