A COUPLE charged with manslaughter allegedly binge-watched Netflix show Shameless as their 3-year-old daughter was left to die in a hot car. 

Police claim Laura Black, 37, and her boyfriend Aaron Hill, 29, left Rylee Rose Black inside a Toyota Prado in Queensland, Australia for most of the day as temperatures reached up to 33C. 

Rylee was rushed to Townsville University Hospital after she was spotted slumped in her booster seat in the back of her mother’s vehicle, but she was unable to be revived. 

The couple were arrested at the hospital and were due to remain behind bars until at least next month awaiting legal aid – however, both were bailed on November 30.

Hill, who is not Rylee’s biological father, is said to have only moved in with Black two weeks ago after dating for just a few months.

Police allege the couple fought after dropping Rylee’s three older sisters at school, while the 3-year-old fell asleep in the back of the car.

The car was then parked in the driveway since around 9am, as the couple went inside to start watching Shameless, reportedly leaving Rylee in the car.

After hours of binge-watching the popular series, the pair left the home to go and pick up the other three children – where they discovered Rylee locked inside. 

They spent the weekend behind bars before being bailed, with Hill’s lawyer saying the allegation was “one of an unintentional act.”

The couple will live separately and will return to court on February 24.


Police have since released details of the route Black and Hill are believed to have taken on the day of Rylee’s death, appealing to anyone in the area for any dashcam footage. 

Townsville Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles said that it would help officers refine the timeline as they investigate the tragic death.

“It’s just a matter of us knowing that’s where the vehicle was, from our investigations, at different points during the day,” he said. 

A GoFundMe has been set up for Rylee’s “devoted and devastated” father, Pete, and her three older sisters, raising over $6500 in just 24 hours.

The fundraiser named ‘Honouring Rylee Rose’ said: “No one should experience a loss like this. We are seeking your support to help this loving family get through this tragic time.

“Heartfelt thanks for your donation and words of comfort at this time.”

Rylee’s three older sisters are now in the care of their father, who regularly posts pictures of his girls on Facebook. 

The family asked for privacy as they come to terms with their loss.

The investigation remains ongoing, but police have ruled out drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor to Rylee’s death. 

More than 5000 children are rescued from hot cars each year, according to Australia’s leading child accident prevention charity, Kidsafe. 

Scorching temperatures in Australia mean the temperature inside a parked car can be nearly 30C higher than outside – meaning Rylee was likely battling against more than 60C heat. 

This is the third incident of this nature in Queensland in the last year, with a three-year-old boy dying in February when he was left on a daycare bus in Cairns. 

A Brisbane mother was charged with murder after her daughters, aged one and two, died in a similar incident in November last year. 

Sergeant Mills explained: “Cars heat up very quickly, and the human body is susceptible to dramatic changes in temperature.

"The best advice that we can give is do not leave children or pets in motor vehicles when they are stationary, with no ventilation, no air conditioning, particularly in the tropics."

Tributes flooded social media for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed toddler. 

One person posted: “R.I.P beautiful girl… Sending love and healing for your tragic loss, truly a special sweetheart has grown her angel wings.”

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