Mother a suspect in 11yo girl’s ‘violent death’

Police are looking into whether a mother was responsible for the violent and brutal death of her young daughter before she took her own life in a nearby street.

The body of 11-year-old Celeste Pearson was found by police in the bathroom of the family’s Auchenflower penthouse on Tuesday morning, after officers were called to the apartment for a welfare check.

Police arrived at the Dunmore Tce address shortly before 2am to find Celeste dead and her mother, 49-year-old Chiaki Pearson, missing.


Another daughter, aged eight, was not at home at he time and is understood to have been staying with a friend.

Celeste’s father, 65-year-old Chris Pearson, was asleep in the penthouse’s living area when police arrived.

Later that morning, locals discovered Mrs Pearson’s body in nearby Benson St, Toowong, at the base of a crane. Both her house and her car have been declared a crime scene.

Police are wanting to speak to anyone who saw Mrs Pearson – a Japanese-born woman – and her white 2007 Nissan Tiida sedan between 11.30pm on Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday.

Police spent much of the day speaking with the girl’s father, trying to understood the circumstances surrounding the mother and daughter’s deaths.

He was later released without charge.

Police confirmed they had been to the house in the past six months at Mrs Pearson’s request following accusations of domestic violence.

A handful of mourners arrived at the Auchenflower property yesterday to lay flowers in tearful tributes for the mother and daughter.