Fiori Giovanni, 36, was charged with the murder of children when her seven-month-old daughter Illen died last July. The charges were dropped today at a brief hearing in the Victoria Supreme Court
An Australian writer accused of killing her young daughter who drowned in a bathtub left court today.
Fiori Giovanni, 36, was charged with the murder of children after her seven-month-old daughter Illen died last July.
The woman was charged with manslaughter negligence after allegedly leaving the baby unattended in the bathtub with the girl’s older brother.
In May this year, the author pleaded not guilty to the charges and was brought to trial.
The charges were dropped today at a brief hearing in the Victoria Supreme Court.
Prosecutors said they dropped the charges but did not explain the reason for their decision.
Jurisdiction Officer Tim Freeman said, “Ms. Giovanni, you are therefore released from your bail bond on this matter and the proceedings in this court are otherwise terminated.”
Mrs. Giovanni replied: “Thank you, Your Honor.”
News.com.au reports that following the decision, a prosecutor’s spokeswoman said, “After careful consideration and consultation with the chief prosecutor and a chief prosecutor, the director decided to drop the case. It is not appropriate to comment further. ”
Baby Illen was found unconscious on July 18, 2020 at 7:20 a.m. at the family home in Southbank, Melbourne.
Police alleged Ms. Giovanni left her daughter and two-year-old son unattended in a bath before finding the baby underwater.
It was alleged that the child was not responsive when her mother returned.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate Illen, but she still died on the scene.
Court documents said: “The defendant in Southbank on July 18, 2020 killed [the child], a child under 6 years of age, but possibly for the age of [the child] would be a manslaughter. “
Last year Ms. Giovanni paid tribute to her daughter on Instagram and wrote: “It is with deepest regret and heartbreaking heartbreak that we are informing you of the death of our beautiful little angel.
“A shining star has been sent to inspire, transform and transform our lives in the short 7½ months we have the pleasure of being with her.”
According to the author’s website, Giovanni was born in Eritrea and was 12 years old when she convinced her parents to escape an arranged marriage with a 25-year-old man.
At the age of 14 she started summer camp, which she later recognized as preparation for military service.
She later fled to Sudan in search of a better life.
Giovanni created “My Mind Valley,” which is described on their website as “an online product hub for those looking for fulfillment, trust, and clarity through affirmations.”