Death of 2-year-old Mackay girl: Father’s plight after hearing his daughter was hospitalized

Desperate father sped to hospital in a borrowed car before his ailing daughter, 2, died suddenly – while police investigate the tragedy

  • A two-year-old girl died shortly after being admitted to the hospital around 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Her father, Adam Hanbury, was at work but rushed to Mackay Base Hospital
  • Mr Hanbury was forced to borrow someone’s car to get to the hospital
  • He and his wife Jessica have four other children and moved to Mackay in 2020
  • Police are investigating the young girl’s death while an autopsy is underway

A panicked father who was at work when his ailing daughter was taken to the hospital frantically rushed to her in a borrowed car, only to die shortly thereafter.

A friend of parents Jessica and Adam Hanbury said he lent Mr Hanbury his car after the devastated father was told his two-year-old daughter was taken to Mackay Base Hospital on Thursday.

It was also revealed that the two-year-old had four older siblings.

The family of seven had moved to Mackay, some 970km north of Brisbane, in early 2020, settling north of the city.

However, her family tragically grew to six after the little girl was pronounced dead at the hospital around 8pm on Thursday.

The parents (above) of a two-year-old girl who died Thursday have four other children and moved to Mackay in 2020

The parents (above) of a two-year-old girl who died Thursday have four other children and moved to Mackay in 2020

A family friend said the girl's father, Adam Hanbury, rushed from work to Mackay Base Hospital (above) after hearing his daughter had been hospitalized

A family friend said the girl’s father, Adam Hanbury, rushed from work to Mackay Base Hospital (above) after hearing his daughter had been hospitalized

Acting Inspector of Queensland Police Detectives Chris Eaton said the little girl was not doing well in the days leading up to her death. Police have not confirmed if she was ill or injured.

The family friend said Mr Hanbury was at work when he received the news of his daughter’s hospitalization.

“He didn’t have a car so he borrowed mine and rushed to the hospital where his wife was,” he told the Courier Mail.

“I drove her home at 3 a.m.”

Queensland Police, led by the Coroner, are investigating the young girl's death (pictured a Coroner at the family home in North Mackay).

Queensland Police, led by the Coroner, are investigating the young girl’s death (pictured a Coroner at the family home in North Mackay).

Police said the girl had been unwell in the days leading up to her death but would not confirm if she was ill or injured (pictured, police outside the family home).

Police said the girl had been unwell in the days leading up to her death but would not confirm if she was ill or injured (pictured, police outside the family home).

Inspector Eaton said the two-year-old was pronounced dead “a short time” after hospital staff “acted” on her condition.

“We are at a very early stage of the investigation,” he said during a news conference on Friday.

“The family went through a very traumatic event. We pay a lot of attention to the situation in which the family finds itself.

“But under the guidance of the coroner, we will investigate what happened beforehand and in particular the cause of the child’s death.

“At this stage, we’re just looking at how that kid died last night.”

Police set up a crime scene outside the family’s suburban home in North Mackay on Friday afternoon as part of their ongoing investigation into the death of the toddler.

Coroners were seen bagging material from the home and taking photos at the scene.

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Bradford Betz

Bradford Betz is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Bradford Betz joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: betz@ustimespost.com.

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