Australian charged after child dies alone in car

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 2:06 AM
Australian charged after child dies alone in car

Police have charged an Australian mother with manslaughter after her young child died of dehydration after allegedly being left alone in a car.

A police statement says the 30-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with the death of her 22-month-old daughter. The woman faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

Police say the woman brought her daughter to a medical center last Thursday but the child could not be resuscitated. Police have not said how long they believe the child was left in a car.

An autopsy found the toddler died of dehydration.

The mother's name cannot be released for legal reasons.