Police have revealed Willow Dunn - the four-year-old found dead in her home on Monday - faced sustained mistreatment in the lead up to her death.
Police have revealed Willow Dunn - the four-year-old found dead in her home on Monday - faced sustained mistreatment in the lead up to her death.

Willow Dunn starved to death, police say

THE four-year-old found dead in her Cannon Hill home on Monday was severely malnourished, a post mortem has found.

Willow Dunn, who was left in her cot so long that she developed painful pressure sores that led to the bones of her hips being exposed, faced sustained mistreatment in the lead up to her death, police have revealed.

Willow Dunn was found dead in her Cannon Hill home.
Willow Dunn was found dead in her Cannon Hill home.

Willow's father, Mark James Dunn, 43, has been charged with her murder.

But police have launched a major investigation to establish who else was responsible for her mistreatment in the "days, weeks, years leading up to her death".

Acting Detective Inspector Chris Knight said the post mortem examination revealed Willow "was experiencing serious malnourishment, and many other health concerns that indicated sustained mistreatment".

"Our investigation will continue until the detectives are satisfied that we've exhausted all options to make a thorough evaluation and decide whether or not any other culpability exists for any other people that had responsibility to provide care for her," he said.

"We're appealing to the public for assistance to anybody who had knowledge of and contact with Willow Dunn and her family and we encourage them to please come forward while we try and piece together, an accurate and comprehensive picture of her entire life.

"We're interested in the family dynamics. We're interested in anything people can offer, but primarily a major focal point is the carer responsibilities - who had responsibilities over Willow and her siblings."

Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into child neglect in Brisbane, following Willow's death and the discovery of two autistic Stafford teens found living in horrific conditions.

*For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT  on 1800 737 732.

Originally published as Sustained mistreatment: Cause of Willow's death revealed


Motorbike crash: Injured teen taken to hospital

Premium Content Motorbike crash: Injured teen taken to hospital

A teen was taken to hospital after being injured in a crash south of Chinchilla.

REVEALED: Western Downs 2021 Young Citizen of the Year

Premium Content REVEALED: Western Downs 2021 Young Citizen of the Year

Keeping those most vulnerable connected during the pandemic, this young Jandowae...

REVEALED: Western Downs 2021 Citizen of the Year announced

Premium Content REVEALED: Western Downs 2021 Citizen of the Year announced

The incredible and unwavering Marilyn Bidstrup has been named Regional Citizen of...