The stepmother of four-year-old Willow Dunn, who was allegedly left to die in her dirty cot at a home in Brisbane, has been charged with murder.
The 43-year-old woman was taken into custody on Wednesday morning following ongoing investigations by Queensland Police.
Little Willow, who had Down Syndrome, was found dead in her cot at a property in Cannon Hill last Monday, May 25.
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A post mortem examination revealed that, at the time of her death she was experiencing serious malnourishment, along with many other health concerns that supported sustained mistreatment.
Her father, 43-year-old Mark James Dunn, has already been charged with murder and remains behind bars.
The stepmother is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court later today.
Police say investigations are continuing, with further arrests not ruled out at this stage.
“Despite today’s second arrest in this homicide, detectives are continuing to progress this investigation,” Detective Acting Inspector Chris Knight from the Homicide Investigation Unit said at a press conference a short time ago.
“We have initiated investigations and inquiries in NSW and in particular, we have advanced investigations in South Australia.
“We continue to investigate all aspects of Willow’s health, care, treatment in the days, weeks, months and years leading up to her death.
“We know that members of Willow’s family relocated from Adelaide to Brisbane in 2017 and we believe there’s value in identifying potential witnesses in South Australia.”
Detective Knight said police are not yet satisfied that they’ve exhausted all enquiries.
“We will continue to investigate and evaluate all information that we come by, so we can make better informed decisions,” he said.
At a news conference last Friday, police said authorities were confronted with an “horrific scene” when they found Willow.
“The scene that presented the Queensland Ambulance Service and the first responding police officers on Monday morning was extremely confronting, to say the least,” Detective Inspector Knight said.
“They were confronted by a scene that will stay with them for many years.”
It’s understood Willow’s biological mother died during childbirth.