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A teenage babysitter who killed the four-year-old daughter of a NSW police officer in a car crash has been charged over the child’s death.

Courtney Matthews, 18, was driving a Mazda 323 when it allegedly collided with a Subaru Liberty on December 18 last year, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Four year old, Ellie was in the back seat of the car at the time of the crash.

When her father, Sergeant Steve Underhill, arrived at the scene on the Bruxner Highway, near Casino, he found his daughter dead.

The Subaru driver was also hospitalised in the crash.

Matthews has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death as well as other charges. Her licence has also been suspended.

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  • So terribly tragic. My heart goes out to this policeman and his family.

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  • Omg shocking, we put our trust in people, a tragic loss.

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  • RIP beautiful angel, how heartbreaking

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  • This is just totally and utterly sad and horrible.

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  • Oh no, this is so sad. That poor Policeman having to attend this crash involving his child. Just tragic.

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  • How sad ! My thought and prayers go out to the family and to the babysitter as well. Bless all involved !

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  • I cannot imagine what was going through this policeman’s mind when he arrived at the scene. How horrible

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  • How awful for this man, just doing his job only to find it was his daughter also involved in the accident.

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  • SO sad for all involved.

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  • I remember this. Absolutely harrowing for the poor an.

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  • WHAT A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY TO HAVE OCCURED,MY SINCERE CONDOLANCES TO FAMILY AND ALSO THE BABY SITTER TO BE CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATH OF CHILD IN HER CARE. dO NOT KNOW IF i COULD LIVE WITH THAT ON MY CONCIENCE FOR REST OF MY LIFE! FELT SO SAD HAD TO WRITE AND SAY MY FEELINGS . wORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH WHEN THINGS SUCH AS THIS OCCUR

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  • I imagine the life of a police officer is already hard enough seeing accidents of strangers, but to find your own child, one so very young, would be devastating. I wonder if it being the daughter of a police officer had any weight in court or if the case was treated the same as any other.

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  • Very sad indeed for the father to be at the scene and seeing his daughter dead.My heart goes out to the father and family.

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  • Terrible that the father had to find his child dead when called out to the scene of this accident. There must be more to this than we know, so we cannot pronounce judgement – we don’t know if the Mazda or the Subaru was on the wrong side of the road at the time of impact for instance. I do know that I feel terribly sorry for the policeman/father and think we should wait for the final reports.

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  • Obviously the babysitter was driving in a dangerous manner or she wouldn’t have been charged.

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