A concerned neighbor and local priest discovered a two-year-old toddler home alone with her dead mother in Wagga Wagga near Sydney, Australia on April 13. Pastor Ross Brinkman told Syndey’s The Daily Telegraph that he became concerned when parishioners notified him that Elizabeth Keevers, the 36-year-old mother, had not been attending events.
Tribute to toddler's mother. Photo via The Daily Telegraph.
Pastor Brinkman stated, “I went around to investigate and that’s when we made the discovery.”
The pastor broke down a screen to get into the home. The little girl, Lucy, was found on the kitchen floor next to her mother’s body. She may have been alone for up to five days.
Lucy was found to be extremely dehydrated. Yet, medical examination determined that her blood sugar levels were normal. Investigators believe that the girl survived on Easter candy since her sugar levels were normal reports Wagga Wagga’s The Daily Advertiser. However, no wrappers have been located.
Keevers suffered from epilepsy. Authorities have not determined if epilepsy was a factor in the mother’s death.
Detective Inspector Jeff Barr informed The Daily Advertiser, “We do know she was suffering from an illness and whether that has any connection with her death is unknown.”
Tributes from shocked friends and neighbors have characterized Elizabeth Keevers as a selfless mother who loved her daughter more than anything in the world.
One friend, Amanda Westerway expressed, “People like Liz are rare – they have no evil in them and it’s almost like they’re too good for this world.”
Lucy is recovering at Wagga Base Hospital and is said to be in good condition.
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