Kerri-Ann Conley will remain behind bars for Christmas.
The 27-year-old Queensland mum, who has been accused of murdering her two young daughters by leaving them in a hot car, did not appear as her two counts of murder were adjourned in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday for mention on March 11.
Darcey-Helen, 2, and Chloe-Ann, 1, died inside a black station wagon parked across the front yard of their family home in Logan, south of Brisbane, on November 23.
Paramedics arrived but were unable to revive the young siblings.
The girls were declared dead at the scene and police say they showed signs of being exposed to extreme heat.
Conley is the first person to be charged under the state’s expanded definition of murder, which includes reckless indifference to human life. She was not required to enter a plea.
“I know four people who made reports and nothing was done"
According to a family member, there were multiple attempts to alert the Department of Child Safety.
“I know of four people that made reports to them and other agencies and nothing was done,” the source told The Courier-Mail.
“(They) just got told they would look into it and do a property check of who lived there.”
A father's heartbroken words
The shattered father of Darcey-Helen, who he called “pumpkin”, told The Courier-Mail he was devastated.
He said he was also a father figure to Chloe-Ann.
“Darcey and Chloe were loved by anyone and everyone who met them, I absolutely adored them both,” the father, who asked not to be named, said.
“Darcey had a contagious laugh and Chloe really, although they were 12 months apart, wasn’t really that far behind Darcey. I think she learnt a lot off Darcey, mannerisms.”
“They just giggled all the time, the pair of them"
He said the girls would play in his backyard, with Darcey riding a bicycle and Chloe sitting in an attached trailer.
“They just giggled all the time, the pair of them,” he said.
“Chloe, every time you looked at her, she just had a smile from ear to ear.
“They were just two peas in a pod. They would have been inseparable when they got older. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see them grow into beautiful young people,” he said.