Grief-stricken mum found lying next to daughter’s body ‘days after she died’
A grief-stricken mum was found lying next to her dead daughter by a neighbour after nobody had heard from the pair 'in days'.
Nicole Smith is understood to have discovered 11-year-old Sophie unresponsive at their home in Queensland, Australia, and been so overcome with shock that she couldn't leave her side.
Schoolgirl Sophie is believed to have died from natural causes sometime last week in the property.
It was her father, Edward, who raised the alarm after not hearing from the “inseparable” mother and daughter for days while he was working away.
A neighbour rushed to the house on Thursday at 6pm and found Nicole lying injured with Sophie's body nearby.
Nicole was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries which are believed to be self-inflicted.
She is described as being in a "stable condition".
Detectives are treating Sophie's death as “non-suspicious”.
Neighbours of the Smith family have reportedly told detectives a heartbroken Nicole stayed in the family’s home for a “number of days” before they were found, reports News.com.au.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the situation was "obviously tragic".
"For that family and for that mother," she said.
A GoFundMe page for the schoolgirl's funeral has raised more than $10,000 in a matter of days.
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