A three-year-old child who was found dead with a gunshot wound to her neck at a Sydney home has been remembered as a ‘beautiful little girl’.
Paramedics were called to a property in Lalor Park, near Blacktown, where they discovered the young girl’s body at around 8pm on Sunday.
As children were dropped off at a primary school attended by the girl’s brothers the following day, parents said she was always ‘so full of beans’ when she came with her mother to pick up her siblings.
‘The whole family was gorgeous, we only just found out about it, we’re all in shock. She was a beautiful little girl,’ one mother told The Daily Telegraph.
A three-year-old child who was found dead with a gunshot wound to her neck at a Sydney home has been remembered as a ‘beautiful little girl’
Parents of children attended by the girl’s brothers said she was always ‘so full of beans’ when she came with her mother to to pick up her siblings
‘They are a lovely family… I met the mum a couple of times, the kids always seemed happy,’ one parent said
‘They are a lovely family… I met the mum a couple of times, the kids always seemed happy,’ another parent said.
It is unclear how the girl sustained the single fatal gunshot wound, but police are investigating whether she accidentally fired the weapon herself.
It is believed the shot came from an unlicensed single-barrel sawn off shotgun, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Neighbours spoke of hysterical scenes after the shooting.
‘The mother came out, she was… really angry. And she was just screaming,’ Mark Tapua said on Monday.
It is unclear how the girl sustained the single fatal gunshot wound in the Sydney home (pictured), but police are investigating whether she accidentally fired the weapon herself
The young girl’s body was seen being removed from the home at around 8am on Monday
Officers confirmed the three-year-old, her mother and three brothers, aged between three and eight, were inside the house at the time of the shooting
Forensic services are pictured at the scene on Monday, less than 24 hours after the girl was shot
‘She was just saying it was his fault, he shouldn’t have had a gun in the house.’
The girl’s father, who emerged from the house covered in blood, was charged on Monday with possessing an unregistered sawn-off shotgun and not storing the weapon safely.
The 43-year-old Arncliffe man, who did not live at the house, was also charged with contravening domestic violence orders.
Detectives and forensic analysts were seen combing through evidence at the cordoned off home throughout Monday.
The three-year-old’s body was removed from the home around 8am.
Officers confirmed the girl, her mother and three brothers, aged between three and eight, were inside the house at the time of the shooting, according to 7News.
The three-year-old’s father (pictured) was refused bail at Blacktown Local Court on Monday afternoon. He did not appear in court, but stayed in the cell
Officers have declined to say who owned the gun that killed the young girl and where it was found inside the home
Authorities are seen preparing to enter the property in Sydney’s west to remove the girl’s body
Neighbours reported seeing the girl’s siblings frantically run from the home while screaming for help.
The girl’s father and uncle were also reportedly in the area at the time but not at the home, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The three-year-old’s father was refused bail at Blacktown Local Court on Monday afternoon.
He did not appear in court, instead choosing to stay in a cell, according to 9News.
The man was seen crying as he was driven to the court in a police van. It is understood he will undergo a mental health examine.
A distraught man who was seen sitting in a gutter at the scene is pictured being placed in a police van
Forensic officers are pictured at home on Danny Road in Lalor Park on Monday morning
The 43-year-old was due to face Downing Centre Court on Monday on unrelated matters.
Video captured on Sunday night shows two distraught men – believed to be the girl’s father and uncle – sitting in a gutter with their heads in their hands shortly after authorities arrived at the scene.
One of the men was later helped to his feet by police, who patted him down before placing him in the back of a van.
A distressed woman, who reports suggest is the child’s mother, was seen sitting the back of an ambulance.
‘I hate you, I hate you,’ the woman inside the van could be heard shouting to an unknown person as the door opened.
‘I hate you, he killed my baby girl… rot in hell,’ she later screamed.
Investigations are continuing.
Neighbours reported seeing the girl’s siblings frantically run from the home while screaming for help (pictured are forensic analysts at the scene)
A distraught man is pictured holding his head in his hands at the scene on Sunday night
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