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‘Freak accident’: Mum speaks up about childcare tragedy that killed little Charlotte

“[Charlotte] was just covered in blood, and I was screaming for help. So they got me a chair, told me to sit down and when I was sitting there, that’s when they came over and [said] she’s no longer with us.”

The car, which was a rental, is now being investigated by police. Ms Furner said she believed there was a mechanical fault with the car.

Charlotte was killed when her family's rental car rolled over her.

Charlotte was killed when her family’s rental car rolled over her. Credit:GoFundMe

“Even if it was knocked into reverse, the handbrake still should’ve stopped that car,” Ms Furner said.

The 26-year-old heavily pregnant woman, who’s expecting her sixth child in December, was also injured in the incident, with cuts to her legs, belly and arm.

“I can’t sleep, I toss, I turn, I have flashbacks, I have nightmares of the accident,” Ms Furner said.

“It was a freak accident, it’s horrible – I don’t wish this upon anyone.

“[Charlotte] was a bright, bubbly princess taken too soon. God needed her.”

The Broadmeadows mum has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay her bills while she is too heavily pregnant to work. She has raised $2894.

In a statement provided through GoFundMe, Ms Furner said she couldn’t “face going back to our home” as it was too painful.

“I also know that I can’t live at a motel, nor bring my baby boy home there. So I am asking, with all of my heart, for your help. I can barely function on a basic level at the moment … but if you are able to contribute any amount whatsoever towards helping me and my kids restart in a fresh rental and finish organising for my baby, I will be forever grateful,” she said.

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