Mother sentenced to 7 years in jail after her toddler died in hot car while she was watching Netflix with boyfriend

In a tragic incident that shook the community, a 39-year-old mother, Laura Rose Peverill, was sentenced to seven years in jail in Australia in connection with the death of her three-year-old daughter, Rylee Rose Black, in November 2020. The devastating event unfolded when Rylee was left alone in a locked car for over five hours, enduring scorching temperatures that reached a staggering 51.5 degrees Celsius (124.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

The prosecutors revealed that the little girl was found unresponsive in the back seat of a Toyota Prado, and the extreme temperatures made her situation “not survivable.” The heat caused suffering to the point of coma and, ultimately, led to her tragic demise, they said.

Peverill confessed in April 2023 that during the incident, she was engrossed in watching Netflix with her boyfriend, inadvertently leaving Rylee unattended in the car parked in a shadeless driveway. Although she had removed the groceries from the car, she tragically overlooked Rylee’s presence.

The full extent of the heartbreaking situation came to light when Peverill went to pick up her other children from school and discovered Rylee covered in vomit and unresponsive in her seat. Rushed to the hospital, Rylee succumbed to heatstroke or thermoregulatory failure, with her body temperature reaching a distressing 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

During the trial, it was revealed that Peverill battled mental health and alcohol issues for several years. Despite this, her defense attorney emphasized that she harbored no intention to harm Rylee. Peverill’s tragic lapse in care was a result of her struggles rather than any deliberate intent.

In the aftermath of this harrowing incident, Peverill was subjected to over 200 abusive messages, including death threats, from strangers online, underscoring the weight of societal condemnation she faced.

Peverill pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Queensland Supreme Court in Townsville, and her boyfriend at the time, Aaron Danyel Hill, faced similar manslaughter charges. The court handed down a seven-year jail sentence to Peverill, with eligibility for parole on July 3, 2025. The sentencing served as a grim reminder of the critical importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of children, underscoring the devastating consequences that can arise from a momentary lapse of attention and care.