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Brisbane girl, 4, dead for days in cot as father is charged with murder

Her father has been charged with murder after he allegedly told officers he found Willow dead in her room on Saturday, but did not get medical help.

Horrific new details have emerged about how a little girl with an intellectual disability was left in her cot in her father’s Brisbane home for days after her alleged murder.

Willow Dunn, 4, was found dead at a Cannon Hill address on Monday morning but police allege she was murdered by her father on Saturday and left in her bed.

Mark Dunn, 43, has been charged with murder and accused of failing to seek medical help after the little girl’s death.

He did not appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday and has been remanded in custody to reappear in the same court later in the year.

Police would not confirm the girl’s cause of death or whether a post mortem examination has been completed, but The Courier Mail reports the four-year-old had horrific sores on her body after being starved and left to die.

The newspaper reports Willow had sores on her hips so deep the bones were exposed when police found her at the home on Bent Street on Monday.

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Willow Dunn died at Cannon Hill on Saturday before her body was discovered on Monday, police say. Picture: Facebook

“I’m in trouble, aren’t I?”

The Mail also reports that the child’s stepmother lived at the home with children of her own but she has not been charged.

Dunn was charged under new child killer laws in Queensland that include an extended definition of murder as showing reckless indifference to human life.

The Australian reports the little girl’s face had been attacked by rats and that when paramedics arrived at his home, New Zealand-born Dunn allegedly asked them: “I’m in trouble, aren’t I?”

Neighbours of the family told the newspaper they never knew about Willow.

“They’ve been there for that long and we didn’t know a little girl lived there,” one neighbour said. “I can’t believe it.”

Dunn will face court again on July 20.

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