Mum and dad are being sued for the negligent death of a three-year-old girl with a ‘fully survivable’ disease: ‘This child should not have died’
- Penelope Campbell, three, died on July 7 last year
- Her parents Breannon, 24, and Jack, 25, have been charged
- Police believe her death was caused by negligence
A young couple has been charged with allegedly letting their daughter die of a ‘fully survivable’ disease.
Breannon, 24, and Jack Campbell, 25, are accused of failing to provide basic necessities for their daughter Penelope, three, after she died at Townsville University Hospital on July 7 last year.
According to online reports, the toddler was living with a hereditary condition known as Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency — or MCADD — a diabetes-like condition in which patients have difficulty breaking down fats and have low blood sugar.
Police will claim that Penelope’s condition was fully treatable and that her death was the result of neglect.
Penelope Campbell, three, (pictured) died July 7, 2022 at Townsville University Hospital
“This was a completely survivable medical condition,” Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles told reporters.
“Our case is that this child should not have died from this condition [and] this is a case of negligence on behalf of the family.’
Senior Sergeant Miles said the young girl had a “very detailed treatment plan” that had to be followed in certain circumstances.
“There was a whole host of medical professionals that the family had access to,” he said.
“This has happened a number of times and the parents have responded appropriately, but this time they failed to do so and the child deteriorated over a 24-hour period and resulted in the death of the child,” he claimed.
Her parents Breannon and Jack (pictured together) have been charged with alleged negligence
In November, Ms. Campbell wrote online that Penelope had lost her battle against MCADD
In November, Ms Campbell, who runs a photography studio, announced to her Instagram followers that she would return to work in 2023.
“My husband and I take it day by day, but are thankful for our other two children,” she wrote.
‘Every photo shoot I do next year, half of my earnings will still go to the MCADD foundation.
“Penelope lost her battle against MCADD at just 3 years old, but thanks to the support of my family, friends and community, we made it through. This foundation will help other families like mine.’
The husband and wife will face Townsville Magistrates Court in February.