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New Zealand Toddler Eats Leftovers For 2 Days After Her Mother Suddenly Died

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Police in Wellington, New Zealand were called to the home of 28-year-old Lauren Silbery when a neighbor, acting on the request of Lauren’s family, looked into a window only the see 3-year-old Shylah, but not her mother.  When the police arrived, they were able to get Shylah to drag the coffee table to the front door and unlock the door to let them in.  Shylay told the police, “Mummy won’t wake up.” 

When the police searched the house, they found Lauren face-down next to her bed, having died two days earlier.  Shylah had been able to open the fridge and ate cheese and leftover lasagna, and drank milk for the two days until the police arrived. 

Results of an autopsy are still pending, but authorities do not believe the death is supicious.  Given the position of her body, it is believed Lauren suffered a stroke or heart attack and fell out of bed. 

According to the New Zealand Herald, Shylah has been in the custody of Child, Youth and Family, but her family is planning to get custody. 

Shylah’s uncle Pete Silbery has said that Shylah seems to be doing fine and is acting cheerful, though at the funeral she was aware of what was going on,

 “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.”


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