The loved ones of an 11-year-old girl have been left shattered after she was found dead in ‘non-suspicious’ circumstances – as her mother recovers in hospital.
Sophie Smith’s body was discovered inside her Mount Cotton home, south of Brisbane, at about 6 pm on Thursday. Detectives believe she may have died a couple of days earlier and are treating her death as ‘non-suspicious’.
Her mother, Nicole Smith, was rushed to hospital after police found her inside the home with self-inflicted injuries on Thursday. Detectives believe Sophie died due to a medical condition and are still investigating the circumstances.
An autopsy was conducted for the young girl’s body on Friday, 7 News reported. Sophie’s school first sounded the alarm after she failed to turn up for several days, without any explanation from her parents.
Her father Edward Smith, who was a fly-in, fly-out miner, was away at the time and called a neighbour to check up on his daughter. The neighbour then contacted family and police about Sophie’s death. Ms Smith remains in hospital, while the father remains in ‘shock and grief’.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the schoolgirl’s funeral by family friend, Felicia Baker. She was described as a ‘beautiful, gentle, kind soul’ who was ‘very much loved’.
‘At only 11 years old, heaven has gained an Angel,’ Ms Baker wrote. She was bright & bubbly, loved her family and adored her dog Daisy.’ Tributes have flown for Sophie on the page, with one describing the girl as a ‘delightful young lady’ who was a ‘huge loss to the world’.
One wrote: ‘I knew Sophie, she was beautiful, loving and caring young girl, so happy and bouncy. My heart is broken for this family. RIP Sophie a beautiful girl taken too soon,’ another wrote. One added: ‘We care and are saddened by this tragedy. Our condolences to the Smith family.’
Ms Baker set up the fundraising page to help alleviate the financial burden of their daughter’s death. Nearly $8,000 has been raised as part of their $10,000 goal.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll described the incident as ‘tragic’.