17-month-old toddler killed during police pursuit
A 17-month-old girl has been killed when an out-of-control driver in a stolen car ploughed through her backyard.
Police confirmed just after midnight on Friday that the girl had died after first being treated at the scene, then at The Children's Hospital in Sydney's Westmead.
Police were chasing the stolen car through western Sydney after a sting at Constitution Hill at 7pm local time.
The operation involved police from the Metropolitan Robbery, Middle Eastern Organised Crime and Tactical Operations units.
Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said it was an "absolute tragedy", according to News Limited
"I am overwhelmed for the poor family and what they are going through," he said.
The car was chased by police into a dead end street in an attempt to end the pursuit.
It is understood the driver drove through a fence and into a backyard where the tiny child was playing with her siblings.
So awful. 17 month old girl killed during police pursuit. Not clear yet which vehicle struck the infant. pic.twitter.com/Sjf5mOEoaE— Chris Urquhart (@chrisurquhart) January 8, 2015
Resident Carol Davis told News she heard the sound of ripping steel then, "we see this car flying out of the yard and a four-wheel drive was cashing it down the hill".
She shouted for them to move and the children ran.
"I ran up to the house and I see the mother holding her new born baby, she was screaming," Ms Davis told News.
Officers tried to save the child while a police vehicle chased the car through a nearby park.
Police are now investigating "all circumstances" of the incident, including the police chase.
Officers are now questioning a 23-year-old woman at Kings Cross Police Station.
The driver remains on the run.