Seaton death: Investigations into death of five-year-old continue as boy who tried to save her life identified

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
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Police are continuing investigations after a five-year-old girl was found unresponsive and later died in Adelaide.
Police are continuing investigations after a five-year-old girl was found unresponsive and later died in Adelaide. Credit: 7NEWS

Investigations are continuing after a five-year-old girl died in hospital after she was found unresponsive in an Adelaide home on Wednesday.

Emergency services rushed to a home on Ballater Ave in Seaton at about 4pm after receiving reports a five-year-old girl was suffering a possible cardiac arrest.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens spoke to ABC Radio Adelaide on Thursday, confirming police were still investigating the circumstances that led to the girl’s death.

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“It’s obviously very tragic when anyone loses their life, more so with a young person,” he said.

Commissioner Stevens said that the major crime unit was assisting detectives with the investigation at home.

“Until we have further clarification in relation to the cause and circumstances, we obviously treat it seriously,” he said.

“When we have a five-year-old child pass away we want to make sure we have the right resources to establish the circumstances as quickly as possible so we can move forward in the right direction.”

The Adelaide Advertiser has revealed that 13-year-old Jabar Stanikzai was the person who called triple-zero after hearing screams on the quiet suburban street.

“I could hear a man screaming, I could hear him all the way from the street down,” he told the paper.

“When I came closer to the man I could see that he was holding a child – a little girl – in his arms and she was limp, not moving or anything and he was yelling her name I think.

“When he saw me, he shouted at me to call the ambulance so I ran to the phone booth on the street and called the ambulance.”

Jabar recalled seeing a huge police and ambulance presence within minutes of making the call.

It is understood the parents of the child are assisting with inquiries and there is no implication that they are involved in the death.

No arrests have been made and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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