Girl found dead inside hot car in Eungella on New Year’s Eve identified

The little girl found dead in a hot car at a rural Queensland property on New Year’s Eve has been identified as Everleigh Johnson.

Police confirmed on Tuesday no charges would be laid over the tragedy, which occurred during a family gathering at a home on Bee Creek Road in Eungella, about 80km west of Mackay.

Officers were called to the property at 2.20pm on Sunday, and found Everleigh unresponsive in a vehicle. Paramedics performed CPR on the two-year-old, but she could not be revived.

In a statement at the time, they said initial investigations had determined there were no suspicious circumstances.

On Tuesday police confirmed no charges would be laid.

“This is a purely coronial matter, there will be no criminal investigation,” Senior Constable Stephen Smith said.

A GoFundMe has since been launched by the Eungella community to raise money for the Johnson family.

“This family experienced a terrible accident on New Year’s Eve which resulted in the loss of their younger daughter Everleigh,” the fundraising page reads.

“We would like to show our support and raise some money to help the family during the grieving process, help with funeral expenses and the general cost of living while they navigate through the difficulties of losing a child.”

In November, the NRMA released concerning data that record 1807 calls for roadside assistance in the past year had been made after a child or pet was locked inside a car.

Shopping centres were the most common place for dependants to be found, with the NRMA urging parents to keep better track of their keys.

Road safety expert Dimitra Vlahomitros said children should never be left alone in a vehicle, even if just for a short period of time.

“Unfortunately, we are still seeing far too many children left unattended in the car, so we are again urging parents not to leave their children alone in the car. It is not worth the risk, even if you are quickly ducking into the shops,” she said.

“In just a few short minutes, temperatures can increase significantly, posing a serious danger to children and pets locked in a car.

“If you see a child unattended in a car and cannot locate the parents, call triple-0 and await instructions.”

– with NCA NewsWire

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