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Child left with dead mother, comforts herself with teddy bear

A 3-year-old girl, alone for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their New Zealand home, lived on cheese, leftover lasagna and milk and comforted herself with her teddy bear.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2011 23:19 IST

A 3-year-old girl, alone for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their New Zealand home, lived on cheese, leftover lasagna and milk and comforted herself with her teddy bear.

The girl’s uncle, Pete Silbery, said on Friday that the family last spoke to the mother, Lauren Silbery, on Oct. 19. Two days later, they were worried enough to call a friend who lived near the 28-year-old’s Wellington home. The friend could see Lauren’s daughter, Shylah, inside the home, but not the mother, prompting the family to call police, Pete Silbery said.

Police coaxed Shylah to drag a coffee table to the door so she could reach the lock and unlock the door, before she told them, “Mummy won’t wake up,” Silbery said.

“I can only imagine her in there for that long, trying to wake Mum up as well,” he said.

Silbery said Shylah endured the two days alone by finding food in the fridge and holding her teddy bear, named Possum. Shylah spent several days in a hospital recovering from dehydration and diaper rash.

“She’s doing OK now. She’s still bubbly,” he said. “When we lowered the coffin into the grave at the cemetery, though, she pointed at it and said, ‘Mummy’s in there.’ It was pretty heartbreaking.”