Grieving father of 16-year-old girl who died suddenly in mysterious circumstances urges parents to make sure their ‘door is always open’ – saying he has ‘learned the hard way’ after making one crucial mistake
- Leah Spengler, 16, died in a home in Wyndhma Vale in Melbourne’s south west
- A 19-year-old man was arrested but has been released following a post mortem
- Her father Andrew said ‘let your kids know the door is always open to them’
- Mr Spengler said his daughter’s life began to spiral into her teenage years
The grieving father of a 16-year-old who died in mysterious circumstances has urged parents to make sure their door is always open to avoid his heartbreak.
Leah Spengler was found dead at a property on Brookside Dr in Wyndham Vale, Melbourne, at 10.30pm on Sunday.
While the cause of her death has not been released, police are treating it as non-suspicious and believe she may have overdosed on drugs.
‘When she started bringing drugs home, I took a hard nose approach,’ her father Andrew Spengler told The Herald Sun. ‘We have a three-year-old and I said I couldn’t have it.
‘I probably neglected her a bit and now I have learnt the hard way.
Leah Spengler, 16, died in a home in Wyndham Vale on Sunday night
Leah’s father Andrew (pictured together) has urged parents to make sure their door is always open to avoid his heartbreak
‘Make sure to let your kids know the door is always open to them.’
A 19-year-old man believed to be Leah’s ex-boyfriend was arrested at the house after her death, but he has since been released following the results of a post mortem examination.
Mr Spengler said Leah’s life began to spiral into her teenage years, from staying out late and smoking cigarettes to suffering from an ice addiction.
Police were called to the home after reports Leah was unresponsive.
She went to McDonald’s with friends around 8.30pm before returning to the home.
Tragically, Leah made a post on her Facebook on Friday which read ‘RIP to everyone that died in 2019. Don’t scroll without loving this.’
Mr Spengler (pictured with Leah) said of his daughter: ‘I probably neglected her a bit and now I have learnt the hard way’