Maddilyn-Rose Ava Stokes’ parents charged with her torture and murder

THE mother and father of a two-year-old girl who died after allegedly being lowered into a bath of boiling water at the family home in Brisbane have been charged with her torture and murder.

Maddilyn-Rose Ava Stokes, 2, died after being rushed to the Lady Cilento Hospital with horrific burns on May 25.

Paramedics had found the infant unconscious at her parents’ Ridge Street townhouse in Northgate around 3.30pm.


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Police said Maddilyn-Rose was found with life-threatening burns to her back, buttocks, groin, legs and feet.

Her parents told investigators that their daughter had sustained her injuries from a hot bath several days earlier.

Sadly, her injuries were too severe and despite the best efforts of doctors, she could not be saved.

Maddilyn-Rose died a few hours after being admitted to hospital. She would have turned three this month.

Her parents were said to be “traumatised” at the time but police said it was clear that they had not sought medical treatment and had left their two-year-old daughter suffering from horrific burns for several days.

When they finally did call an ambulance on May 25, it was simply too late.

Following an “emotionally challenging” investigation involving the homicide squad, child trauma taskforce, and the child protection unit, the couple was arrested on Monday morning and charged over their daughter’s death.

“The investigation has been particularly difficult and emotionally challenging due to the nature of the victim being a two-year-old girl suffering severe injuries,” Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said.

“I am able to report today that as a result of the tireless efforts of the detectives involved in the case two persons were taken into custody earlier today.”

“That is the 30-year-old father of Maddilyn-Rose and the 23-year-old mother. Each has been charged with one count of murder and one count of torture.”

The pair is expected to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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