A mother has been jailed after her baby daughter died from heat after being trapped in a scorching car for several hours.
3-year-old Rylee-Rose Peverill died in the back seat of her mother’s car back in November 2020 after her mother left her in the vehicle for at least five hours.
According to the reports, the Aussie mother, 39-year-old Laura Rose Peverill, and her new boyfriend dropped off her three other daughters at school before shopping at a local supermarket in Townsville with little Rylee.
After the trio returned to the woman’s home, Peverill and her boyfriend picked up the groceries and went inside the house. They then binged-watched Shameless on Netflix for five hours before realizing that Rylee was still buckled in her car seat.
The little girl was not found or checked until her mother embarked on an afternoon school run at nearly 3 p.m. that same day.
Rylee was discovered in a terrible condition while slumping over in her car seat. Prosecutors revealed that the child likely suffered severe headaches, convulsions, thirst, and stress in her final moments of life.
Experts also measured the temperature in the car in similar weather conditions two days later and found that the heat inside the vehicle with the trapped child likely exceeded 124°F (51°C).
Now, the mother has been sentenced to seven years in jail with the possibility of parole as early as July 2025.
Speaking out in court as part of the victim impact statement was Rylee’s biological father, Pete Black, who said his “world stopped turning” when he found out what had happened to his child.
“I would have moved mountains if I had been there,” he expressed as he recalled apologizing to the child for not being there to save her.
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