Former prisoner infected girl under state care with hep C before fatal overdose, inquest hears
- Category: Children who were raped and beaten in foster care
- Created: Monday, 22 August 2016 19:38
- Written by Dan Oakes and Sam Clark - ABC National
Maria was found dead in a house in Melbourne's western suburbs in 2013.
A 16-year-old-girl who died of a drug overdose while in Victorian state care had previously been infected with hepatitis C by a recently released prisoner, an inquest has been told.
- The inquest is examining the actions of Maria's carers in the lead up to her death
- The decision not to call an ambulance when Maria was found drug affected has been scrutinised
- The case is shining a spotlight on how high-risk children are treated in state care
- The prisoner was allegedly allowed to send letters sexually grooming Maria Liordos to her residential care unit, and sexually assaulted and used drugs with her after he was released.
Maria was found dead in a house in Melbourne's western suburbs in 2013 in the early hours of the morning, after allegedly using drugs earlier at the residential care unit, which was operated by the Salvation Army's Westcare agency.
Much of the evidence already heard by coroner Audrey Jamieson revolves around actions by Westcare staff on the night of Maria's death, and whether or not an ambulance should have been called given her drug-affected state.