Smiling and cooing as she plays with her toy rattle, these would be some of the final moments of a baby’s life before she and her sister were found dead in a scorching car.
The heartbreaking video of Chloe-Ann Conley was taken last Friday night, less than 12 hours before the one-year-old and her sister Darcey, 2, were discovered inside the Mazda 6 wagon at Logan, in Brisbane’s south.
Their mother Kerri-Ann Conley, 27, who can be heard in the video coaxing her baby to say ‘Mumma’ – has been charged with murder.
The children’s babysitter Gina McKenzie was at the house the night before the tragedy and took the precious video of the youngest child.
‘They were both so loved, happy little girls, it just breaks my heart…I thought of them like my grandkids,’ Ms McKenzie said.
Chloe-Ann Conley, one, was found dead inside a hot car along with her sister Darcey, 2
Tributes have been laid at the Logan home for Darcey, 2, (pictured) and her sister Chloe-Ann
‘That’s Chloe-Ann (in the video) always happy and smiling.’
She said she was still struggling to understand how the tragedy unfolded.
‘They never played in the car, only outside in the yard, they loved it,’ she said.
‘I just think they’ve fallen asleep in the car and Kerri left them there and she’s fallen asleep inside.’
Police allege that after putting her two young daughters in the car to play at 6.30am on Saturday, Conley passed out inside her home – leaving them to roast to death.
By the time they were discovered the pair had allegedly been inside the car for up to seven hours, where the temperature inside the black station wagon is estimated to have reached 70C.
Witnesses said they saw the lifeless bodies being splashed with water in a desperate effort to save them.
Kerri-Ann Conley (left) has been charged with the murder of her two daughters whose bodies were found inside a car in Brisbane on Saturday
‘Fly high and look after each other’ a doll with a message is left outside the family’s house
A shrine of flowers, soft toys and cards has been set up outside the Logan house, as neighbours mourn the two little girls who died in the hot car
On Logan Reserve Rd where the family lived, neighbours said the tragedy had rocked them.
A shrine set up outside the Conley house grows bigger by the day with teddy bears, flowers and cards with messages to the little girls.
Neighbours in the quiet suburban street said they would often see people going in and out of the house.
‘You’d see people coming and going a bit actually,’
‘Often when I’d be walking past on my way to work you’d see people rocking up on motorbikes and going up the steps.
‘I actually walked past the house about 5.30am on the morning it happened, but I’m not sure if the car was there at that point.’
A resident of another nearby home said she had seen Conley with a man at the home on a number of occasions, but said they largely kept to themselves.
‘You would see them occasionally, but nothing ever happened that you would notice if you know what I mean,’ the neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said.
‘I actually thought the kids were older because they had a big swing set and I heard them playing on it a bit.
‘It’s just so sad, the whole street is devastated which you can see by all the flowers.’
A crime scene was set up at the house on Saturday when the children’s bodies were discovered
‘So little and vulnerable’ a tribute left on the fence of the Conley home, among dozens of other cards, toys and flowers
Babysitter Gina McKenzie said she loved Darcey and Chloe-Ann ‘like grandkids’ and is struggling to come to terms with their death
Conley and her daughters had reportedly moved into the home in the last year.
She was charged with two counts of murder under a new definition in Queensland which includes ‘reckless indifference to human life’.
In addition to the murder charges she is facing accusations of possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis) and drug utensils.
She fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday and was refused bail.
No funeral plans have been announced for Darcey and Chloe-Ann.
Toys and flowers left outside the house by neighbours mourning the two little girls