Mother charged with six-year-old daughter’s manslaughter granted supervised bail – ABC News

Mother charged with six-year-old daughter's manslaughter granted supervised bail - ABC News

An Adelaide woman charged with the manslaughter of her young daughter has been released on supervised bail.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains the first name and image of a person who has died.

Crystal Leanne Hanley was arrested today after an investigation into the death of six-year-old Charlie in July last year.

The 47-year-old from Munno Para in Adelaide’s north has also be charged with the criminal neglect of four other children.

Ms Hanley this afternoon appeared via videolink in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

A police prosecutor had opposed bail, but Magistrate Ben Sale granted Ms Hanley’s bail application.

The prosecutor told the court that Ms Hanley was in the process of being evicted from her Munno Para address — a claim disputed by Ms Hanley.

Crystal Leanne Hanley was charged over the death of her six-year-old daughter.()

The prosecutor described the current condition of the home as “a fire hazard” and “unfit for human habitation”.

Magistrate Sale described the charges as “incredibly serious”, but found police could not provide evidence the accused would attempt to interfere with the ongoing investigation or speak to any witnesses.

Ms Hanley will face court again in August.

Six-year-old Charlie died in July 2022.()

Her daughter Charlie was found unresponsive at her Munno Para home in the early hours of July 15, 2022, and was taken by paramedics to hospital where she died soon after arrival.

Ms Hanley was one of three people arrested and charged today with manslaughter over the deaths of three children.

In addition to the arrest of Ms Hanley, detectives arrested a 50-year-old Craigmore man over the February 2022 death of a seven-year-old, and a 54-year-old Flagstaff Hill woman over the October 2018 death of a 15-year-old.

A police prosecutor opposed Ms Hanley’s bail application but the magistrate granted supervised bail.()

Police have made it clear the three cases are not linked in any way, but said the arrests occurred on the same day because the cases had been managed and coordinated by police task forces.

“It’s extremely rare in South Australia to charge an adult for the death of a child,” Assistant Commissioner John Venditto said earlier today.

“To charge three in one day is unprecedented.”

The other two accused are expected to appear in court tomorrow.

Assistant Commissioner John Venditto said the cases were in no way linked.()


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