The unsolved murder case of an Australian toddler has been reopened by detectives as the government offer an incentive of $1 million in the hope new information will arise.
Lily Schettini was brutally killed after sustaining horrific injuries yet due to a lack of evidence no one has ever been charged with her murder.
The young girl died on June 1, 2010 after suffering a brain trauma after being bashed in the head at her home in Adelaide and seven years on detectives are no closer to solving her unfortunate death.
Lily Schettini was found dead in her bed at her Adelaide home seven years ago yet no one has been charged with her murder due to a lack of evidence
Police hope that offering a $1 million reward will motivate witnesses to reveal the actual facts from the fateful night that resulted in Lily’s death
Police hope that offering a $1 million reward will motivate witnesses to reveal the actual facts from the fateful night.
‘We are not convinced we have got truthful versions of what occurred that night,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McEachern revealed to The Advertiser.
The 18-month-old toddler was found unconscious in her bed and despite the attempts of paramedics to save her life, the shocking trauma suffered to her brain was ultimately fatal.
Four suspects have been identified by Major Crime detectives, yet a lack of evidence has meant they are unable to charge any of them.
‘Someone in the house has been responsible for the assault either overnight Monday or Tuesday morning but we have insufficient evidence as to who,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McEachern revealed.
On May 2, Lily was at her Smithfield Plains home with her mother, three of her mother’s friends and her older sister.
When her mother and a female friend left the home around 9.30am, Lily was left in the care of two males as she and her sister were in bed in their joint bedroom.
When questioned by detectives, Lily’s mother claims she never saw her daughter that morning as she ‘did not want to wake her.’
One of the men left the home at 11.30am, and a hour later at 12.30pm, the remaining male found Lily in her bed ‘unresponsive’.
An ambulance was called as neigbours frantically tried to revive the infant, yet to no avail.
Lily Schettini was found unconscious in her bed and despite the attempts of paramedics to save her life, the trauma suffered to her brain was ultimately fatal
Four suspects have been identified by Major Crime detectives, yet a lack of evidence has meant they are unable to charge any of them
A post-mortem showed that Lily had died of a head trauma yet it is unknown at what point in time the injury was inflicted.
‘The trauma could have been caused either through shaking or assault or falling. Our suspicion is that she did not fall and that she was assaulted,’ Det Snr-Sgt McEachern said.
Despite no previous complaints to authorities with regards to the care of the children, police have revealed their concerns that the children had been left alone in a bedroom for a long period of time.
The substantial reward is also being offered for information regarding the horrifying death of baby Dylan Lindsay, who died shortly before his first birthday.
In a similar incident on March 27, 2004, Dylan suffered extensive injuries that included a bruised heart, broken ribs and swelling to his brain while in the care of his babysitters.
The case has remained unsolved and police have tempted any witnesses to come forward with new information that could hold someone liable for the shocking murder.
‘It is a horrible crime and somebody should be held responsible for taking the life of a child. Someone may have this on their conscience,’ Detective Brevet Sergeant Mat Bengel said.