Video footage from a foster home revealed a constant string of people including ‘older men’ visiting the girls room at night time before her 2014 death.
The footage shows people coming and going, and staff from the facility in Pennant Hills, north west Sydney, told an inquest into the 15-year-old’s death: ‘It was becoming a bit of a drop-in house’.
The case worker told the inquest people ‘would come and go at all hours’, The Daily Telegraph reported.
‘Older men’ would climb into her room through her window, the inquest heard.
The inquest heard that on occasion up to 10 unapproved visitors could be in a bedroom at the facility — which no longer exists — and as youth workers ushered them out the front door the visitors would run around the back and re-enter through a window.
Two nights before the girl died, a man can be seen sneaking into her bedroom through a window at the care home, according to CCTV played at the inquest.
The girl, he told police in a later interview, showed him about 1.5 points of heroin and remarked ‘look what I’ve got,’ the inquest heard.
The man took all the drugs, passed out and slept through the night, the inquest heard.
In the morning he dashed for help after hearing the girl making a strange breathing noise.
A carer tried to revive her and paramedics managed to restart her heart but she remained unconscious and wasn’t able to breath independently.
The girl died early the next morning, on April 21, 2014, at the Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Evidence at the inquest is expected to show she died after injecting a ‘speedball’ – a ‘particularly dangerous’ concoction of heroin and methamphetamine.
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