A toddler has been found dead in her home at Petrie, QLD and no one knows how she got like that.
Little Kyhesha-Lee Joughin (3) was found lifeless in her bedroom over the Easter long weekend. Her father, Matthew Williamson, attempted CPR to no avail. Police searched their Petrie flat, dusting for fingerprints on the windowsill, fossicking for clues as to who was in their home and how the little girl died.
Dad is naturally devastated. He had sole custody of Kyhesha-Lee and had her name tattooed on his left arm. Her first words were “Dad”, according to her uncle Jarrod Williamson. So, a loving devoted Dad who would never in a million years harm his baby girl. But some bits of the story don’t quite add up…
Uncle told the Australian that his brother fell asleep on the lounge, but someone was looking after Kyhesha-Lee. “Someone”, huh? Not Nan or Uncle or Aunty? Just “someone”? Secondly, the family didn’t know who else was in the flat that night. Um, say what? How can you not know who else is in your home? Especially when you have a young child? This sounds like (and I could be wrong here) that Dad was having a party and had invited a few mates around. Nothing wrong with that. Except when you have a small child that needs to be looked after. Alcohol does not even begin to enter the equation until your child is secured with a sober babysitter, preferably away from the party venue. So, back to my theory. Dad has had enough tinnies of beer or Woodstock or whatever and crashes on the lounge, assuming that one of his mates will look after his daughter. This is where it can get hairy, because an autopsy hasn’t been performed yet to determine cause of death. One of Dad’s mates (maybe) got sick of Kyhesha crying or whatever and hit her. Kyhesha (maybe) wasn’t supervised and climbed onto something and fell, or stuck something in a power point or ate something poisonous. Or she died of natural causes (late SIDS, undetected heart defect etc.) Those are just theories based on the facts. Maybe they’re all wrong, but we won’t know until an autopsy is done.
Last night, Petrie detectives travelled to Grafton, northern NSW, to question a man who was present that night and may have been able to help with the investigation. He wasn’t able to help, but he was charged with unrelated traffic offences including driving an unregistered and uninsured* car, and driving while disqualified. Not a murderer, but also not someone you would want around your child either. No extradition orders have been placed on this fellow.
Meanwhile the investigation is continuing. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, and police spent the long weekend sweeping the flat for clues and questioning neighbours. If it comes out that Kyhesha did indeed die from natural causes, I am more than happy to pull the post. But for now, it’s looking very suspicious. Dad definitely didn’t kill her, but his lack of supervision and/or choice of mates may have contributed to her death. More details soon.