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Name: ALLYN JOHN SLATER

Age: 22 yrs old (2012)

State: QLD - Bundaberg

Sentence: Sentenced 2-8-2012, in the Brisbane Supreme Court, to life in jail.

Offence/Other: Allyn John Slater/ Child Killer - Pleaded guilty 1-8-2012, in the Brisbane Supreme Court, to the murder of 8 yr old Bundaberg schoolgirl Trinity Bates..Slater murdered Trinity after abducting her from her bed in February 2010.. Her body was found in a storm drain, about 100m away, on February 22.




Trial doesn't end ordeal for Bates family

The parents of murdered Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates are still no closer to learning why her killer snatched her from her bedroom, strangled her and drowned her in a nearby storm drain.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard on Thursday that Allyn John Slater, 22, has little recollection of the event in February 2010, and can still offer no explanation for his actions.
He has pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Thursday to life imprisonment.
The court was told Slater, the older brother of one of Trinity's close friends, went to the Bates house late on February 21.
He climbed into the sleeping eight-year-old's bedroom through the window, and then carried her to the drain about 100m away, where he strangled her and left her to die in the shallow water.
Slater was arrested the following day after police found his fingerprints on the bedroom window.
He sat slumped in the dock as prosecutor Todd Fuller SC read out the details of his offence, which Justice Duncan McMeekin described as "every parent's worst nightmare'.
Trinity's parents, flanked by supporters, sobbed at the back of the court during the sentence.
Slater's lawyer, Carl Heaton SC, said his client told police he didn't know why he killed his brother's young friend.
"He said he knew what he was doing was wrong, but was at a loss as to why he did it," Mr Heaton said.
Trinity's parents declined to comment, but North Coast Region Detective Superintendent Maurice Carless said the ordeal of losing their daughter was far from over.

www.news.com.au (2-8-2012)
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/man-gets-life-for-trinity-bates-murder/story-e6frfku9-1226441532867


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Allyn John Slater sentenced to life in jail for murdering Bundaberg schoolgirl Trinity Bates

The man who took eight-year-old Bundaberg schoolgirl Trinity Lee Bates from her room in the dead of night, before choking her and drowning her in a drain culvert, has been jailed for life.
Allyn John Slater, 22, was charged with the child's murder after her body was found in a drain 100m from her Walker St home at 6.15am on February 22, 2010.
Slater, 22, entered a plea of guilty during a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday.
He was sentenced by Justice Duncan McMeekin this afternoon.
"You took a child from her bedroom as she was sleeping, strangled her and left her to drown in a drain," he said.
"An offence of this type is every parent's worse nightmare.
"The crime seems senseless and you've never been able to offer an explanation for it and it has horrified the community in which you lived and devastated her family."
Trinity - known to her family and friends as Trinny - was reported missing on February 22, 2010, but had not been seen since 9.30pm the previous night.
A fingerprint on the girl's bedroom window and on a plastic garden chair nearby had led to Slater's identification.
The court heard Slater, who was 19 at the time, had "made full admissions in relation to abducting and strangling the deceased" during a police interview in the days following her death.
Trinity's death devastated the community where more than 500 people turned out in pink and black at her funeral.
She was described as a "bright spark" and "beautiful child with an aura about her".

The Courier-Mail (2-8-2012)
Kristin Shorten, Brooke Baskin
http://www.news.com.au/national/allyn-john-slater-sentenced-to-life-in-jail-for-murdering-bundaberg-schoolgirl-trinity-bates/story-fncynjr2-1226440523145



Trinity Bates killer pleads guilty

The man accused of killing eight-year-old Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates more than two years ago has pleaded guilty to her murder.
Allyn John Slater, now 22, was committed to stand trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court next Monday, but pleaded guilty to murder in Brisbane Supreme Court earlier today.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said officers from the Department of Public Prosecutions informed them of Slater's plea shortly after 1pm.
"Sentencing will be this week in Brisbane," Det Sgt Self said.
"It could possibly be as early as tomorrow depending on the Supreme Court."

www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au (1-8-2012)
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2012/08/01/trinity-bates-killer-pleads-guilty/



Man accused of murdering Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates confessed to police that he had killed her, committal heading told

A Bundaberg man has been committed to stand trial for the murder of eight-year-old Trinity Bates.
Allyn John Slater, 21, was committed to stand trial on Wednesday after a three-day hearing in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
He is accused of murdering Trinity, whose body was found in a stormwater drain, on February 21 or 22 last year.
At about 12.30pm, Magistrate Jennifer Batt ruled there was sufficient evidence to commit Slater to stand trial in the Bundaberg Supreme Court a date to be set.
Asked if he had anything to said: ``No your honour.''
He was remanded in custody.
Earlier today, Detective Senior Sergeant Joseph Hildred - the officer in charge of the Bundaberg CIB - told the committal hearing this morning that during the police interview on February 23 last year, Slater had admitted involvement in Trinity's death.
''During (the interview) he made full admissions in relation to abducting and strangling the deceased,'' he said.
However Justice of the Peace David John Read, who acted as Slater's support person on the morning his home was searched, said Slater denied murdering Trinity.
''When the murder part was read out (by police) he rolled his eyes and said in a soft voice 'I did not murder her','' he said.

The courier-mail (30-3-2011)
Kristen Shorten
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/man-accused-of-murdering-bundaberg-girl-trinity-bates-confessed-to-police-that-he-had-killed-her-committal-heading-told/story-e6freon6-1226030661991



Schoolgirl Trinity Bates 'drowned', court hears

Bundaberg schoolgirl Trinity Bates had numerous neck, chest and head injuries but likely drowned, a court has been told.
Allyn John Slater, 21, has been charged with one count of murder.
Specialist pathologist Nathan Milne has told a committal hearing into the alleged murder of Trinity that the eight year old had neck, chest and head injuries at the time of his examination but that drowning was the most likely cause of death.
''With these findings, I think drowning is the cause of death,'' he said.
Dr Milne said Trinity's injuries included deep bruising to the neck consistent with strangulation, a 17mm laceration to her head indicating blunt force trauma and abrasions on the front of her body consistent with being dragged.
Dog squad member Sergeant Bill Applebee broke down in court while describing how he came across Trinity's body.
"I could see, just outside the (drain) pipe, a number of footprints in sand," he said.
"I looked up the pipe and noticed debris up inside. "I decided I had to climb up inside the pipe myself... "I noticed what I thought was debris was actually the body."
Security was increased at Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning as the hearing began.
Uniformed and plain clothes police officers are in court and attendees, including media representatives, were subjected to unusually tight security checks before being allowed into the court room.

Trinity was allegedly taken from her bed at her home in February last year and her body found in a storm drain, about 100m away.
Police have never revealed how she died.
Slater was arrested a day later after police searched his family home, two streets from where Trinity lived.
Police Prosecutor Barry Stevens said there were 178 potential witnesses who could be called to give evidence throughout the three-day hearing before Magistrate Jennifer Batts.
``The first witness will hopefully be the pathologist who will discuss the cause of death,’’ he told The Courier-Mail this morning.
``The arresting officer will be second.’’
Slater will be represented by Legal Aid Queensland’s Deputy Public Defender Carl Heaton in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today.


The Courier-Mail (28-3-2011)
Kristin Shorten
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/trinity-bates-murder-accused-faces-court/story-e6freoof-1226029200135


Tight security as Trinity Bates murder accused faces court

Trinity Bates, aged eight, who was murdered and dumped in a Bundaberg drain
Trinity Bates, aged eight, who was murdered and dumped in a Bundaberg drain.

Security has been increased at Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning as the committal hearing into the alleged murder of Bundaberg school girl Trinity Bates begins.
Allyn John Slater, 21, entered the court room shortly after 9am, but the hearing is yet to commence.
Uniformed and plain clothes police officers are in court and attendees, including media representatives, were subjected to unusually tight security checks before being allowed into the court room.
Slater, 21, is charged with one count of murder.
Trinity was allegedly taken from her bed at her home in February last year and her body found in a storm drain, about 100m away.
Police have not revealed how she died.
Slater was arrested a day later after police searched his family home, two streets from where Trinity lived.
Police Prosecutor Barry Stevens said there were 178 potential witnesses who could be called to give evidence throughout the three-day hearing before Magistrate Jennifer Batts.
"The first witness will hopefully be the pathologist who will discuss the cause of death," he told The Courier-Mail this morning.
"The arresting officer will be second."
Slater will be represented by Legal Aid Queensland’s Deputy Public Defender Carl Heaton in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today.

The Courier Mail (28-3-2011)
Kristin Shorten
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/trinity-bates-murder-accused-faces-court/story-e6freoof-1226029200135


Trinity Bates murder trial looms

The trial of the man accused of murdering eight-year-old Trinity Bates is one step closer with plans underway for a committal hearing.
Defence Lawyer Nick Larter yesterday appeared on behalf of Allyn John Slater, 20, of Bundaberg, to request a committal date for the case.
The lawyer said he expected the hearing to take at least five days.
The court heard more than 100 witnesses were involved in the case with that number expected to rise once pathology results were finalised.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said he expected about 50% to 60% of the witnesses to be called.
Magistrate Neil Lavaring said arrangements would need to be made to ensure a magistrate was available for the hearing.
He adjourned the case until August 16 for a further mention when a committal date is expected to be set.
The court indicated the hearing date would most likely fall early in 2011.
Slater was not in the court yesterday and his appearance was excused from the upcoming mention.
He is charged with the alleged murder of the eight-year-old Bundaberg girl whose body was found in a stormwater drain about 50 metres from her home on February 22.
It is believed she was abducted from her Walker Street home on the Sunday night with her parents discovering her empty bed about 5.30am.
Hundreds of people packed out the CitiCoast Church on March 10 to say goodbye to the girl affectionately known as “Trini”.
Pink balloons and butterflies were released at the service as symbols of love and farewell to the little girl who brought an entire community together.

NewsMail.com (3-8-2010)
Vanessa Marsh

Hundreds gather for prayer vigil for Trinity Bates

The crowd was full of tear-filled faces as hundreds turned out at a prayer vigil to remember eight-year-old Trinity Bates, the Bundaberg girl found dead after being allegedly abducted from her home.
Part of the CBD was blocked off as hundreds of mourners packed the inter-faith prayer vigil at the Bundaberg City Centre Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Church representatives, friends and complete strangers expressed their sorrow, anguish and love for the little girl whose life was taken four nights earlier.
"My heart cries for people, as I saw children, their sadness their grief," he said.
A young girl who had known Trinity was only able to say "Trinity was my best friend" before she was taken from the stage in tears.
Others said they turned out to the service to show support for her family.
"I just wanted to say sorry to the parents - couldn't imagine what you're going through," one said.
Trinity's death shocked the Bundaberg community, with a 19-year-old local man, reportedly a family friend, charged with her murder.
She was reported missing by her father at about 5.44am on Monday and her body was found a short time later in a pipe that ran off a storm drain.
Meanwhile, police have completed a post-mortem on Trinity's body.
A police spokeswoman said the results of the examination had not been released and may not be as it is an ongoing criminal investigation.
No further charges have yet been laid. Slater remains in protective custody in Brisbane.
The man charged with Trinity's murder, Allyn John Slater, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court briefly on Wednesday morning.
A handful of local residents hurled abuse as Mr Slater arrived under heavy police guard.
The hearing was short and the round-faced, sandy-haired 19-year-old kept his head bowed and did not make eye contact with those gathered in the court.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts remanded him in custody for a committal mention on May 17. He was automatically refused bail on one charge of murder.
Mr Slater's Facebook profile lists both of Trinity's parents as "friends".
Her parents were not in court during the hearing. Family friends and strangers yelled abuse as the accused arrived and left the premises.

AAP (25-2-2010)

The Loving Girl That Was Trinity Bates

She loved butterflies, singing, dancing, wearing lipstick, and the camera.
Trinity Bates
Photo- Trinity Bates
The photogenic child from a loving extended family was a born entertainer who only needed to spy a lens before offering herself as a subject.
"If there was a camera, she would be there, with her face in it," her grandmother and close relatives remembered yesterday.
All they had to say was "Trinny, look at the camera" and about 27 photographs later, some including strange facial expressions, she'd grow bored and call an end to the session.
The members of Trinity Lee Bates' extended family are coming from across Queensland to gather in Bundaberg and help each other cope with the loss of a "beautiful, happy, loved and loving child".
Kerry (Nanny) Hanlon, relative Suzie Cavallaro and "Aunt" Enid Cavallaro faced their own camera yesterday afternoon, far less willingly than their niece and granddaughter, but determined to put a public spotlight on the case to help find the killer.
None could believe the light of their family had gone out; all they could remember was the magnetic personality of a bubbly eight-year-old everyone called Trinny.
"If you were having a bad day, Trinny would walk in and your day was all good," Ms Hanlon said.
Just eight weeks ago, Trinny was opening Christmas presents and helping her little sister, 18-month-old Mylee, play with new toys – a pink and purple tricycle, a bubble maker, a pink diamante-studded toy guitar.
She ate croissants for breakfast and looked forward to the family's Christmas camping expedition to a river north of Bundaberg. In the final weeks of the holidays she visited a bird sanctuary and watched the movie Where the Wild Things Are with her mum.
She loved the sea, she loved crafts, wearing lipstick, her bike, even snakes – she loved "boys' stuff and she loved girls' stuff", her family remembered.
At age eight she had become gangly "tripping over her own feet" and everyone in the family had to put in a little more effort to win the hugs she had once distributed so freely.
But in the water she was at home, a genuine "water baby" who would visit a relative to swim in their pool, then leave half her wardrobe, including her shoes behind as she wandered home.
"If she could have lived in a pool, that is where she would have been, in a pool, constantly," Ms Hanlon said.
"She was our water baby."
Trinity was also friends with almost every pupil at the tiny state school she attended not far from her home.
Education Queensland's regional director north coast Greg Peach said the school community was saddened.
"Trinity was a friendly, bubbly girl who was always caring towards others," he said. "She enjoyed the friendship of both her peers as well as younger children, and was involved in choir activities at school."
Ms Hanlon said the family was leaning on one another to get through the next few weeks.
"We've got lots of family, lots of support, people coming from everywhere, we're lucky we've all got each other," she said.
Ms Hanlon said the family was determined no one else should ever experience what they've been through in the past 48 hours.
"It is the worst thing . . . you can't describe it," she said.
"You know, you see other families who have gone through this sort of thing and you think 'poor things'.
"But you have no idea until it's one of your own babies."

The Courier-Mail(24-2-2010)
Michael Madigan/ Anna Caldwell

Man Charged with Trinity Bates's Murder

Heavy security is expected to be in place today when a twenty-year-old man faces court over the death of a girl whose body was found in a drain.
Police said the man is currently in police custody and will appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
He is believed to be a family friend with an intellectual disability, Nine News reported. Police are scheduled to give a press conference this morning.
Eight-year-old Trinity Bates, whose body was found in a drain, loved butterflies, singing, dancing and wearing lipstick.
But the discovery of her lifeless body in a drain has turned into every parent's nightmare.
Affectionately known as Trinny, she was abducted from her bedroom on Sunday night.
Her frantic father discovered she was missing about 6am the following morning.
Relatives described Trinny as a born entertainer, the Herald Sun reports.
"If you were having a bad day, Trinny would walk in and your day was all good," her grandmother, Kerry Hanlon, said.
Last night, she made an emotional appeal for help to catch the killer.
"She was a beautiful, happy, loved and loving little girl," Ms Hanlon said.
"Somebody out there knows something. Somebody's got to help find the person responsible for this."
Just eight weeks ago Trinny was opening Christmas presents and helping her little sister Mylee, 18 months, play with new toys - a pink and purple tricycle, a bubble maker, a pink diamante-studded toy guitar.
She ate croissants for Christmas breakfast.
During the school holidays she went on an excursion to a bird sanctuary and watched the movie Where the Wild Things Are with her mum.
Since her pyjama-clad body was found on Monday, Bundaberg has gone into virtual lock-down as police hunt for clues and investigate the whereabouts of known sex offenders.
Police were quick to dismiss internet speculation about the injuries Trinity suffered.
"We're aware of some of the social networking sites," Supt Maurice Carless said.
"We haven't yet conducted the post-mortem so any statement in relation to what the injuries are is complete speculation at this stage and unhelpful to the investigation."
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said every available resource had been thrown at the murder hunt.
Bundaberg, a city of 50,000 built on sugar cane, is struggling to cope with the murder. Rita Ammann lives near the drain where Trinity was found.
She's not taking any chances with her own little girl, locking the doors and making her sleep beside her teenage brother.
"It's too shocking. We live two streets away and we just don't know what to do," Ms Ammann said, brimming with tears as she laid flowers where Trinity was found.
"We've got teenage boys and we've got one sleeping beside the three-year-old. You can't trust anybody now. It's shocking."
Dozens of locals have contributed to the flower memorial to Trinny.
"Sleep in peace little angel. RIP beautiful girl. We never knew you or your family but our thoughts are with you. May you dance with the angels," one card reads.

Herald Sun (24-2-2010)
Michael Madigan/ Padraic Murphy

Bundaberg man Allyn John Slater, 19, remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of killing Trinity Bates

Eight-year-old Trinity Bates was abducted from her home in Bundaberg in Queensland. Her body was found by police in a nearby drain.
Police have sealed off the home of accused child killer Allyn John Slater in Bundaberg as the city prepares to remember Trinity Bates tonight with a candle lit vigil. Barefoot, handcuffed and dressed in prison clothes, Mr Slater briefly faced court this morning.
Locals enraged by the killing of the eight-year-old hurled abuse as Allyn John Slater arrived under heavy police guard at the Bundaberg Magistrates' Court today.
Mr Slater, of Bundaberg, is known to the Bates family, and appears to be a Facebook friend of Trinity's father.
Mr Slater lived with his father in a white cement house less than 500 metres from where Trinny lived.
A police cordon was placed across the front yard while police continued their forensic work today.
Neighbours across the road said they had never met Mr Slater but believed he lived quietly with his father.
Mr Slater's father accompanied his 19-year-old son when police took Slater in for questioning yesterday.
Today's court hearing was short and the round-faced, sandy-haired 19-year-old kept his head bowed and did not make eye contact with those gathered in the court.
The prosecution asked for a longer than normal period until the next court mention to enable officers to collect scientific information.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts remanded the Bundaberg resident in custody for a committal mention on May 17. He was automatically refused bail on one charge of murder.
Trinity's parents were not in court during the hearing. Family friends and strangers yelled abuse as the accused arrived and left the premises.
Jessica McDowall said she'd known Trinity since she was a little girl and felt compelled to be there.
She said she was relieved there'd been an arrest, saying her own children had been fearful.
"It put a smile on my dial,'' Ms McDowall said. "I've got two little girls so I'm most definitely relieved. Neither of them would sleep in their beds the last two nights.''
Ms McDowall said Trinity's loss had saddened and sickened her, and community anger ran deep.
"She was a lovely little girl, perfect,'' she said.
Another woman yelled at Slater: "Show your f---ing face you gutless mug''. A man called for the accused to be killed.
Another woman yelled at police: "Why are you protecting him?"
A total of about 20 people were involved in the court protest. Others shouted abuse as they drove past the building.
Police had earlier called for residents to show restraint as tension in the town over the case threatened to boil over.
Det Supt Maurice Carless said he understood there was widespread community anger, but people must show restraint.
Police had been taken steps to ensure the safety of the accused, he said.
"Steps are being taken to ensure all persons involved in this matter have their security (ensured),'' he said.
"Certainly, I can understand people's feelings but in terms of taking action on that, I think it's prudent to let the course of justice take its course.
"We'll be urging people to show restraint.''
He said police would oppose bail, adding further charges could be laid against the man after a post-mortem examination was completed later in the day.
Supt Carless said the family had expressed relief after hearing an arrest had been made.
"I understand the family has been relieved but, of course, this is a time for them for grieving,'' he said.
"It's a very difficult time so you can imagine there's a range of feelings they are going through.''
Earlier, Det Supt Carless said police were pleased there had been an arrest and thanked the public for its help.
"A lot of police have worked on this," he said in a statement.
"It has been a top priority to the Queensland Police Service, as you could imagine, and we certainly thank the public and the media for their support in this investigation."
Affectionately known as Trinny, the dead girl was described by relatives as a natural entertainer.
The little girl, who was allegedly abducted from her bedroom on Sunday night, loved butterflies, singing, dancing and wearing lipstick - every parent's dream child.
Her frantic father discovered she was missing about 6am Monday morning.
"If you were having a bad day, Trinny would walk in and your day was all good," granny Kerry Hanlon said.
"She was a beautiful, happy, loved and loving little girl," Ms Hanlon said.
Preparations are underway for a prayer vigil for Trinity at the Bundaberg Central Pavilion from 7pm today.
Meanwhile, students at the tiny school she attended on the outskirts of Bundaberg have been grieving in their own way, posting cards and other tributes on the wall of a new building that has become a makeshift shrine.
Trinity was in year four at the Gooburrum State School and principal Halli Cantrell said her fellow students were sad and fearful.
"Little children should not have to hear this information, but we've done it as delicately as possible,'' she told the Bundaberg News Mail.
"We obviously feel deeply for the parents and family.''
She said relief teachers and guidance officer were at the school from Tuesday to help students deal with the tragedy.
"It's almost like what has happened is a nightmare situation for the children,'' Ms Cantrell said.
"They are asking things like: 'Is our house safe'.''
The discovery of Trinity's body was the realisation of every mum and dad's nightmare.
Just eight weeks ago, Trinny was opening Christmas presents and helping her little sister Mylee, 18 months, play with new toys - a pink and purple tricycle, a bubble maker, a pink diamante-studded toy guitar.
She ate croissants for Christmas breakfast.
During the school holidays she went on an excursion to a bird sanctuary and watched the movie Where the Wild Things Are with her mum.
Since her pyjama-clad body was found on Monday, Bundaberg has gone into virtual lockdown.
Police were quick to dismiss internet speculation about the injuries Trinity suffered.
"We're aware of some of the social networking sites," Supt Maurice Carless said.
"We haven't yet conducted the post-mortem so any statement in relation to what the injuries are is complete speculation at this stage and unhelpful to the investigation."
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said every available resource had been thrown at the man hunt.
Bundaberg, a city of 50,000 built on sugar cane, is struggling to cope with the death. Rita Ammann lives near the drain where Trinity was found.
She's not taking any chances with her own little girl, locking the doors and making her sleep beside her teenage brother.
"It's too shocking. We live two streets away and we just don't know what to do," Ms Ammann said, brimming with tears as she laid flowers where Trinity was found.
"We've got teenage boys and we've got one sleeping beside the three-year-old. You can't trust anybody now. It's shocking."
Dozens of locals have contributed to the flower memorial to Trinny.
"Sleep in peace little angel. RIP beautiful girl. We never knew you or your family but our thoughts are with you. May you dance with the angels," one card reads.
"Too young to be taken ... forever in our hearts" reads another. A teddy bear has also been left.
Neighbour Darryn Brown said it was a devastating blow for the community.
He said he didn't know the family nor did he hear any commotion on Monday morning.
"I just woke up yesterday with coppers everywhere.
"You could never envisage it happening here. It's worse than awful, there's no word to describe it."

Herald Sun (23-2-2010)
Steve Gray/ Michael Madigan

Bundaberg in Shock After Girl, 8, Snatched From Bed, Found dead in Drain

A Queensland couple was still in shock last night after putting their eight-year-old to bed on Sunday only to have her battered, pyjama-clad body discovered in a drain early yesterday.
The Courier-Mail reports a massive police hunt is now underway in Bundaberg, including a detailed examination of sexual offenders living in and around the suburb, only a few blocks north of the CBD.
Officers from Brisbane were sent to Bundaberg yesterday to help with the investigation and more are being dispatched today. A Major Incident Room has been established at the Bundaberg Police Station.
Offensive material
Queensland police are also investigating sexually explicit material that was posted on tribute pages for the murdered girl.
It's the second such case in a week.
Last Monday, police acted to have pornography and other offensive content wiped from Facebook tribute pages for Elliott Fletcher, 12, who was stabbed to death at a Brisbane school.
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said police would do their best to hunt down those responsible and prosecute them if any laws had been broken.
"Beautiful little girl"
Neighbours said they heard screaming, dogs barking and a general ruckus on Sunday night coming from near the area where the child's body was found.
Police were called shortly before 6am (AEST) after the girl's father raised the alarm, with some reports he ran from his house yelling that his child had been kidnapped.
Attending officers said they found some signs of a break-and-enter in the family's low-set weatherboard home.
The girl's body was located shortly after.
Neighbour and friend of the family, Julie-Anne Wittek, said the couple and their two children were a close family who had only been in their Walker St residence a few months.
Ms Wittek and fellow neighbour Phyllis Cooper both described the victim as "a beautiful little girl" who would skate up and down the footpath and lean over Mrs Cooper's fence to pat the dog.
"She used to play in our driveway, riding her skateboard up and down all the time," Ms Wittek said.
"We've got a big driveway and she loved it."
The child's father works as a home removalist, her mother as a cleaner, both in the sugar city known as "Bundy".
The girl's parents spent the day at the police station assisting with inquiries.
Police have refused to confirm whether the child had been sexually assaulted or reveal the nature of her injuries.
Community leaders have expressed their shock and distress at the girl's murder in the "safe and close-knit" city.
Detective Superintendent Maurice Carless said the girl's body was found in a pipe that ran off a storm drain near the house.
"We're certainly treating it as a murder," he said yesterday during a media conference outside the Bundaberg police station.
Detective Carless said the dead girl's 18-month-old sister, who was in the house at the time, was not harmed.

Courier Mail (23-2-2010)
Michael Madigan/ Robyn Ironside/ Anna Caldwell

Young Abducted Girl Found Dead

Police have found the body of a young girl abducted from a home in the Queensland city of Bundaberg.
The eight-year-old disappeared from her home last night or early this morning.
She was reported missing by her father around 5.44am (AEST) and her body was found a short time later in a pipe that ran off a storm drain, police said.
Police had been looking for the girl by searching a network of drains in the Queensland city of Bundaberg.
Officers have sealed off two homes and investigators had ventured inside a nearby drain system, the ABC reports.
"We're certainly treating it as a murder," Detective Superintendent Maurice Carless told a media conference at Bundaberg police station.
Earlier Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told reporters in Brisbane she felt for the family.
"Our hearts go out to the family of this little girl and this is a very, very sad incident," she said.

AAP (22-2-2010)


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