Mother accused of murdering her two baby daughters by ‘leaving them in a hot car’ on a 31C day will stay in jail for Christmas
- Kerri-Ann Conley, 27, was remanded in custody until next court date on March 11
- She is charged with murdering daughters Darcey-Helen, 2, and Chloe-Ann, 1
- Girls were found dead in the car outside their Logan home on November 23
- First to be charged under new Queensland murder for reckless indifference law
A mother accused of murdering her two daughters by leaving them in a hot car parked outside their home will remain behind bars for Christmas.
Kerri-Ann Conley faced court on Wednesday two weeks after Darcey-Helen, 2, and Chloe-Ann, 1, died outside the Logan house, south of Brisbane.
The 27-year-old mother did not appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until her next hearing on March 11.
Kerri-Ann Conley was charged with two counts of murder after her daughters died when they were allegedly left in a hot car
Darcey-Helen, 2, (left) and Chloe-Ann, 1, (right) died outside the Logan house, south of Brisbane
Paramedics were called to the family home on November 23 but could not revive the sisters, who died at the scene from extreme heat injuries.
Conley is the first person to be charged with murder under a new Queensland category including ‘reckless indifference to human life’.
She was also charged with possessing marijuana and drug utensils. She is yet to enter a plea.
Police allege that after putting her two young daughters in the car to play at 6.30am, Conley passed out inside her home – leaving them to roast to death.
‘Fly high and look after each other’ a doll with a message is left outside the family’s house
A crime scene was set up at the house on Saturday when the children’s bodies were discovered
By the time they were discovered the pair had allegedly been inside the car for up to seven hours.
Temperatures inside the black station wagon were estimated to have reached 70C as it was 31C outside.
After finding Darcey and Chloe inside the car, Conley ran the girls a cold bath to try and cool them down after bringing them inside, witnesses claimed.
Witnesses said that when they saw the two girls being taken away from the home they assumed they had drowned because they were covered in water.
Conley is the first person to be charged with murder under a new Queensland category including ‘reckless indifference to human life’
This is the Mazda station wagon where police will allege that the two girls were left on November 23
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk confirmed Conley and her children were known to the Department of Child Safety.
Friends had claimed several reports had been made to DOCS in the past.
Darcey-Helen’s father has demanded a full public inquiry into the deaths of the two girls.
‘I want those responsible for the inaction that led to my kids being exposed to the situation that they were in to be held accountable,’ he said last month.
‘I want to expose the truth. The community has a right to know.’