Early days yet on this one, but I wanted to get it up before the news sites start hiding names.
11 month old Bella Moss-Hughes of Mandurama has died of massive head injuries. Her stepfather Brendon Toohey has been charged with her murder.
Little Bella was rushed to Blayney Hospital after suffering major head injuries. Brendon, in his wisdom, decided to dawdle to hospital in his car instead of doing the right thing and call 000 for an ambulance. You see, ambulances are allowed to run red lights in NSW. Mr Toohey, not so much.
The brave doctors did their best to resuscitate little Bella, but she succumbed to her injuries despite their best efforts.
The lame excuse du jour that Brendon offered up was that Bella “fell off a trampoline”. Nice try. Bella was 11 months old, nowhere near old enough to play on a trampoline. Even if that were true, Brendon would still be up for child neglect/abuse charges. Anyway, police investigated, as police are wont to do, and they found Bella’s injuries could not be caused by a simple fall off of a trampoline. So dear old fake-daddy was hauled off to the clink. He has been to Bathurst local court, where he was refused bail. He has reappeared on Monday.
Mum Amy Moss was not home at the time when Brendon attacked Bella. There is no news yet as to whether Amy will be standing by her man, but sources have said that Bella’s real dad disappeared sometime after she was born, and soon after that Amy began seeing Brendon. Considering that Bella was only 11 months old when she died, that is not a lot of time to get to know someone well enough to be able to leave your children alone with them.
There’ll be more news to come, and I will update this post as the facts become more clear..