A young Sydney mother has been charged with murder after her two-year-old daughter was left dead in a bathtub for up to three days, police allege.
The 27-year-old woman appeared in Penrith Local Court by video link on Wednesday morning after she was arrested and charged by police the night before, the Daily Mail reports. She did not apply for bail and was formally refused it.
Detectives believe the toddler was killed at her commission housing residence in the south-western suburb of Miller sometime between 6am on Saturday and 12.30pm on Tuesday.
It is understood the family friend had been trying to reach the mother for several days and visited her home after becoming concerned.
Neighbours have been speaking to the media about what they knew of the girl and her mother.
Local Pat Ingram told 9News a family friend approached her about the child.
“Someone knocked on our door, asked if we had seen the little girl. She said she was concerned for the child’s welfare,” Ms Ingram said.