Toddler drowned in flooded paddock

The family of 18-month-old Lilly-May Shelley is in mourning after she drowned in floodwaters on Sunday.
The family of 18-month-old Lilly-May Shelley is in mourning after she drowned in floodwaters on Sunday. Contributed

THE family of drowned St George toddler Lilly-May Shelley has spoken out against reports that her death was unrelated to the region's flooding.

Grief-stricken aunt Kellie Leader said the bubbly 18 month old wandered into floodwaters on Sunday, not a dam as reported by police.

"Where she drowned is usually a paddock where she would play before the water came," she said.

"She walked off while her parents were moving their possessions to higher ground.

"When they found her, it took more than an hour for paramedics to get there because all the roads were blocked.

"Just because she wasn't swept away doesn't mean she wasn't a victim of the floods."

Parents Bruce and Letitia Shelley spent more than an hour trying to revive their daughter while waiting for paramedics to arrive by helicopter.

They have not come to terms with the loss of their daughter.

"There are no words to describe what kind of a girl Lilly-May was," Mrs Leader said.

"She was one of a kind."

Mrs Leader said the family wanted to thank the paramedics, police and hospital staff who did everything in their power to revive her niece.

"They have been fantastic through this whole tragedy," she said.

Lilly-May leaves behind older brother Quinton Shelley.

Topics:  death drowning emergency services flooding st george

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