Sat. May 28th, 2022

A Townsville man charged with manslaughter on his three-year-old daughter remains in custody.

Lawyers for the 27-year-old appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court today and said there was no bail application at this time.

Police said they were called to a property in Kelso Saturday night after two children were reported missing.

Around 8:20 p.m., the three-year-old girl was found unconscious in a rainwater drain and was transferred to Townsville University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A quantity of muddy water with green banks along the river
The little girl was found at the rainwater drain but was pronounced dead at Townsville University Hospital.(ABC North Queensland: Travis Mead)

The two-year-old boy was found wandering alone in a nearby street.

Detectives from Townsville’s child protection unit have accused the man of a single case of manslaughter, endangering children by exposure and driving under the influence of a drug.

The case is set to return to court for a binding hearing in February next year.

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