Willow’s father has also been accused of failing to seek medical help to prevent the girl’s death.
Four-year-old Willow Dunn was found dead at a home in Cannon Hill in Brisbane on Monday morning.
Her father Mark Dunn has been charged with murder after it has been alleged that killed Willow on Saturday and was left in her bed.
The 43-year-old has been accused of failing to seek medical help to prevent the girl’s death.
It has now emerged that Willow’s stepmother, who lived in the home with her own children, told police officers that she didn’t want anything to do with the girl, The Courier Mail reported.
It’s understood that Willow’s mother died from complications during her birth. The stepmother allegedly said that she refused to care for Willow because she was not her biological child.
Despite this statement, the stepmother has not been charged over Willow’s death.
Willow Dunn as a baby. Source: Facebook
“We didn’t know a little girl lived there”
Police have yet to confirm a cause of death – but The Courier-Mail reported on Tuesday that Willow had horrific sores on her body that exposed her hip bones.
The newspaper also reported that the four-year-old had been starved and left to die.
The Australian reported the little girl’s face had been attacked by rats.
The Courier Mail also reported that the Department of Child Safety had been notified about Willow on more than one occasion – but Child Safety Minister Di Farmer has refused to confirm if the family was known to them.
Disturbingly, neighbours of the Dunn family told the newspaper that they hadn’t known that Willow had lived in the home.
“They’ve been there for that long and we didn’t know a little girl lived there. I can’t believe it,” one neighbour said.
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?”
Mark Dunn has been charged under new laws in Queensland that categorise a reckless indifference to human life as murder.
When police arrived at his home, the New Zealand-born father allegedly said “I’m in trouble, aren’t I?”
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.
Dunn will face court again on July 20.