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Willow Dunn’s father and stepmother hit with more child cruelty charges

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A father and stepmother who allegedly left a toddler to die in her cot are facing more child cruelty charges.

Willow Dunn’s body was found malnourished and decomposing in her bed at her home in Brisbane on May 25, her face partially eaten by rats.

Her father, Mark James Dunn, 43, and his girlfriend Shannon Leigh White, 43, were charged with murder for allegedly letting her starve to death.

Willow's father, Mark James Dunn, 43, and his girlfriend Shannon White, 43, were both charged with murder in the weeks after the four-year-old's death

Willow's father, Mark James Dunn, 43, and his girlfriend Shannon White, 43, were both charged with murder in the weeks after the four-year-old's death

Willow’s father, Mark James Dunn, 43, and his girlfriend Shannon White, 43, were both charged with murder in the weeks after the four-year-old’s death

Two years later, Willow was found dead in her cot, malnourished and eaten by rats

Two years later, Willow was found dead in her cot, malnourished and eaten by rats

Her father and his girlfriend White are charged with leaving her to die

Her father and his girlfriend White are charged with leaving her to die

Two years later, Willow was allegedly found dead in her cot, malnourished and eaten by rats, and her father and his girlfriend White charged with leaving her to die

The four-year-old, who had Down syndrome, was found with infected sores on her hips down to the bone and burns to her scalp.

Dunn faced Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on Monday with an additional charge of child cruelty, and White two child cruelty charges along with drug possession.

The court heard it would take five months for a pathology report on Willow’s body to be ready, and the brief of evidence six weeks.

As such, their case was adjourned to October 12. White and Dunn will stay behind bars charged with murder under its ‘reckless disregard for human life’ definition.

Police previously confirmed in court a post-mortem revealed Willow died of malnourishment and sustained neglect. 

White (pictured, centre) was last Wednesday arrested and later charged with murder. Dunn had been slapped with the same charge a week earlier

White (pictured, centre) was last Wednesday arrested and later charged with murder. Dunn had been slapped with the same charge a week earlier

White (pictured, centre) was last Wednesday arrested and later charged with murder. Dunn had been slapped with the same charge a week earlier

White (pictured, centre) was led away from the station in handcuffs looking worse for wear and wearing thongs and shabby clothes

White (pictured, centre) was led away from the station in handcuffs looking worse for wear and wearing thongs and shabby clothes

White (pictured, centre) was led away from the station in handcuffs looking worse for wear and wearing thongs and shabby clothes

Shannon White, 43, holds her toddler son, born August 2018, whom she shares with her boyfriend Mark Dunn

Shannon White, 43, holds her toddler son, born August 2018, whom she shares with her boyfriend Mark Dunn

Shannon White, 43, holds her toddler son, born August 2018, whom she shares with her boyfriend Mark Dunn

Investigators are probing whether Willow was left to starve to death and if she was being denied medication for her condition.

White, 43, moved from her home in Adelaide to start dating Dunn in early 2017, after his wife Naomi died days after giving birth to Willow in November 2015.

She brought her son, now 12, and teenage daughter Taliah, but left behind four adult daughters who claim to not have spoken to their mother in two years.

Dunn, 43, and White appeared to create a happy family-of-six along with Willow’s big brother, 7, and added their own baby on August 30, 2018.

They shared photos of Willow sitting in her high-chair, laughing in her pram, and wearing a t-shirt reading ‘daddy’s other chick’ that White bought her.

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Willow’s complex family ties include her seven-year-old brother, three half-siblings, six step-siblings, and six step-nieces and nephews

Photo of Willow meeting her newborn half-brother - the child of White and Dunn - in September 2018

Photo of Willow meeting her newborn half-brother - the child of White and Dunn - in September 2018

Photo of Willow meeting her newborn half-brother – the child of White and Dunn – in September 2018

Willow (pictured, left), who had Down Syndrome, and her brother who is now seven (right) was sent to live with an aunt and uncle after her mother's death

Willow (pictured, left), who had Down Syndrome, and her brother who is now seven (right) was sent to live with an aunt and uncle after her mother's death

Willow (pictured, left), who had Down Syndrome, and her brother who is now seven (right) was sent to live with an aunt and uncle after her mother’s death

Another photo showed her on a walk with Taliah, 19, who sometimes fed and bathed the toddler. 

How and why Willow went from a happy and doted on toddler to allegedly neglected and starved until she died will be investigated as part of the case against them. 

Willow’s tangled family web includes her seven-year-old brother, three half-siblings, six step-siblings, and six step-nieces and nephews.

Since Dunn and White were arrested, the house in Cannon Hill appears to have been abandoned.

Teddy bears, a train set and a child’s pink play castle were just some of the toys which were left by the roadside outside the property.

Mark and Naomi Dunn (pictured) married in 2014, less than a year before her death from complications after giving birth to Willow

Mark and Naomi Dunn (pictured) married in 2014, less than a year before her death from complications after giving birth to Willow

Mark and Naomi Dunn (pictured) married in 2014, less than a year before her death from complications after giving birth to Willow

The rented house in the south-east Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill now appears to be abandoned

The rented house in the south-east Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill now appears to be abandoned

 The rented house in the south-east Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill now appears to be abandoned

Children's items and rubbish bags are littered on the driveway, footpath and carport area of the house

Children's items and rubbish bags are littered on the driveway, footpath and carport area of the house

Children’s items and rubbish bags are littered on the driveway, footpath and carport area of the house

Dozens of strangers gathered weeks after Willow’s death to mourn her at an emotional public memorial in Cannon Hill Park.

Parents whose children also have Down syndrome released butterflies and blew bubbles in a symbolic gesture to honour her life.

The event was organised by the city’s T21 group – a support network for parents of children with Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21. 

Kathy Dillon, who organised the memorial, told Daily Mail Australia someone needed to give Willow a sendoff.

Total strangers have come together to mourn the tragic loss of a little girl with Down syndrome (pictured, the memorial on Saturday) as her own family stands accused of her murder

Total strangers have come together to mourn the tragic loss of a little girl with Down syndrome (pictured, the memorial on Saturday) as her own family stands accused of her murder

Total strangers have come together to mourn the tragic loss of a little girl with Down syndrome (pictured, the memorial on Saturday) as her own family stands accused of her murder

‘Every child deserves love and support. I am happy now she is with her mummy, safe as she should be,’ she said.

Celebrant Kellie Rainbow told the gathered crowds the toddler’s death was a painful experience for so many people.

‘The passing of Willow hurts so much because her life was short and her story incomplete,’ she said. 

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People reveal their biggest regrets from drinking too much alcohol

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Many party-goers know the feeling of regretting something they’ve done the night before – so spare a thought for these poor people who’ve woken up with more than just a sore head.

Whisper users from around the world have contributed anonymous confessions of things they regret doing while under the influence to a hilarious thread about behaving out of character.

Many admitted they found the courage to make a romantic move on a friend but more often than not, they were rejected.  

A woman who lives in Minnesota said she sent sexual text messages to a male friend along with graphic photographs, after drunkenly forgetting that he has a girlfriend. 

Another shared the misfortune of setting their passport on fire while on holiday in South America. 

People from around the world shared their biggest regrets from getting blackout drunk, including a woman from Minnesota who sent sexual text messages to a male friend

People from around the world shared their biggest regrets from getting blackout drunk, including a woman from Minnesota who sent sexual text messages to a male friend

People from around the world shared their biggest regrets from getting blackout drunk, including a woman from Minnesota who sent sexual text messages to a male friend

One person who didn't disclose their location, said they wet themselves while drunk and accidentally put their sheets in the toilet instead of the washing machine

One person who didn't disclose their location, said they wet themselves while drunk and accidentally put their sheets in the toilet instead of the washing machine

One person who didn’t disclose their location, said they wet themselves while drunk and accidentally put their sheets in the toilet instead of the washing machine 

Another individual who lives in California, confessed to eating an entire bowl of ranch dip, shooting fireworks in front of their house and running around half naked

Another individual who lives in California, confessed to eating an entire bowl of ranch dip, shooting fireworks in front of their house and running around half naked

Another individual who lives in California, confessed to eating an entire bowl of ranch dip, shooting fireworks in front of their house and running around half naked 

A woman who didn't share her location, revealed that she was rejected after drunkenly making a move on her best friend

A woman who didn't share her location, revealed that she was rejected after drunkenly making a move on her best friend

A woman who didn’t share her location, revealed that she was rejected after drunkenly making a move on her best friend

A woman from Boston, said she attended a party with a man she was dating and ended up kissing two other men in front of him

A woman from Boston, said she attended a party with a man she was dating and ended up kissing two other men in front of him

A woman from Boston, said she attended a party with a man she was dating and ended up kissing two other men in front of him

Another anonymous individual confessed to lighting their passport on fire while on holiday in South America after getting blackout drunk

Another anonymous individual confessed to lighting their passport on fire while on holiday in South America after getting blackout drunk

Another anonymous individual confessed to lighting their passport on fire while on holiday in South America after getting blackout drunk

An individual from New York, shared how their friend woke up in a hotel with his trousers on backwards and money in his pocket after drinking too much

An individual from New York, shared how their friend woke up in a hotel with his trousers on backwards and money in his pocket after drinking too much

An individual from New York, shared how their friend woke up in a hotel with his trousers on backwards and money in his pocket after drinking too much 

Another person from Louisiana, revealed they once passed out in a bathtub filled with water and woke up to discover their friends had left

Another person from Louisiana, revealed they once passed out in a bathtub filled with water and woke up to discover their friends had left

Another person from Louisiana, revealed they once passed out in a bathtub filled with water and woke up to discover their friends had left

A woman from New Hampshire, confessed that she spent a night with her best friend and her husband because she drank too much

A woman from New Hampshire, confessed that she spent a night with her best friend and her husband because she drank too much

A woman from New Hampshire, confessed that she spent a night with her best friend and her husband because she drank too much

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Three-metre saltwater crocodile breaks into a suburban backyard

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A three-metre saltwater crocodile has been caught crawling under fences and breaking into suburban backyards before devouring a stray dog.

Luke Newton was enjoying a coffee on Sunday morning in his hometown of Gunbalanya, east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, when he was called to catch the giant reptile from a private property.

Though he initially assumed it was a smaller crocodile, Mr Newtown arrived to find the beast frantically trying to escape the scene of excited children and dogs under a wire fence, the NT News reported.

Mr Newtown arrived to find the enormous beast frantically trying to escape the scene of excited children and dogs under a wire fence (pictured)

Mr Newtown arrived to find the enormous beast frantically trying to escape the scene of excited children and dogs under a wire fence (pictured)

Mr Newtown arrived to find the enormous beast frantically trying to escape the scene of excited children and dogs under a wire fence (pictured)

It took the crocodile catcher and three eager volunteers about an hour and a half to ensnare the reptile, wind tape around its mouth and claws for protection, and drop it off at a billabong.

Mr Newton said it looked healthy and fully, suggesting it may have eaten a stray dog on its journey through the town.

‘It’s a danger to the community … you have camp dogs and kids everywhere it’s not ideal to have a three-metre croc running around,’ he told the publication.

Despite its great length, Mr Newton said the crocodile was no larger than others caught around the area.

‘This time of year we get a few wandering through. It’s not the first one and it won’t be the last,’ he said. 

He added that the most risky captures in the cramped spaces under homes and buildings.

It took the crocodile catcher and three eager volunteers about an hour and a half to ensnare the reptile and wind tape around its mouth and claws for protection (pictured)

It took the crocodile catcher and three eager volunteers about an hour and a half to ensnare the reptile and wind tape around its mouth and claws for protection (pictured)

It took the crocodile catcher and three eager volunteers about an hour and a half to ensnare the reptile and wind tape around its mouth and claws for protection (pictured)

Earlier in September, a woman in south-east Darwin watched more than 20 crocodiles gnash their teeth together as they fought over a dead cow.

Michele Bain said the cow was definitely dead by the time it was pulled into the water and appeared bloated, as though it had been drowned, with chunks of ‘black, slimy flesh, like the skin of a seal’.

As the crocodile feasted on the cow, more crocodiles slowly began to emerge.

‘There was lots of fighting and splashing – we’ve been going to that spot for years and we’ve never seen anything like it,’ she previously told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘There was lots of fighting and splashing – we’ve been going to that spot for years and we’ve never seen anything like it.’ 

WHAT IS A SALTWATER CROCODILE? 

  • Saltwater crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles, growing up to 6m in length and weigh up to 1,000kg.
  • They typically remain motionless and camouflaged for very long periods, and are often mistaken for a partially submerged log.
  • Crocodiles are able to propel themselvs through the water at surprising speed up to speeds of around 18km/h.
  • With eyes and nostrils on top of their heads, they can remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water. 
  • Their mouths contains 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off prey as food is swallowed whole.
  • Strictly carnivorous, they eats fish, birds, and even wallabies, water buffalo, cattle, flying foxes, crabs and turtles that venture near the water’s edge.
  • Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. 
  • When hunting prey, they lie in wait, partially submerged or completely underwater.
  • Crocodiles inhabit the mangrove swamps, coastal marshes, and river mouths, around the top of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
  • The saltwater crocodile can live to the age of 70 

Source: Australian Reptile Park

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Hindus urge IKEA Australia to withdraw an ad campaign for ‘mocking yoga and cultural appropriation’

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Hindus expressed their outrage over an IKEA advert showing a woman in a yoga pose they allege is cultural appropriation and mocking the ancient practice.  

A representative for a global Hindu group is urging the global furniture behemoth to withdraw the recently launched Australian campaign video ‘IKEA product pose Yoga’ and apologise. 

The video features a woman dressed in white fitness clothes and doing various poses while a voiceover gives yoga instructions asking viewers to ‘follow Eve as she takes you through product pose yoga by IKEA.’ 

The video (pictured) features a woman dressed in white fitness clothes and doing various poses while a voiceover gives yoga instructions asking viewers to 'follow Eve as she takes you through product pose yoga by IKEA'

The video (pictured) features a woman dressed in white fitness clothes and doing various poses while a voiceover gives yoga instructions asking viewers to 'follow Eve as she takes you through product pose yoga by IKEA'

The video (pictured) features a woman dressed in white fitness clothes and doing various poses while a voiceover gives yoga instructions asking viewers to ‘follow Eve as she takes you through product pose yoga by IKEA’ 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement from Nevada on Thursday, said the video 'trivialized the ancient and serious discipline of yoga'

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement from Nevada on Thursday, said the video 'trivialized the ancient and serious discipline of yoga'

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement from Nevada on Thursday, said the video ‘trivialized the ancient and serious discipline of yoga’ 

The model then displays 15 yoga-asanas associating each with an IKEA product, like ‘barbecue tongs’; with a background voice explaining ‘to quieten the internal fire we have awakened’; ending in Namaste with folded hands. 

Another advert features the woman pose matched with a cocktail martini glass.  

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said in a statement from Nevada on Thursday, the video ‘trivialized the ancient and serious discipline of yoga.’  

Mr Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said comparing one of the woman’s poses to a martini glass was ‘highly inappropriate.’ 

He claimed that the use Hindu traditions for commercial purposes was an insult to devotees of the practice because it was ‘religious appropriation’ and was ‘mocking serious spiritual practices.’ 

Mr Zed wants to see the advert withdrawn and apology from IKEA’s global management based in the Netherlands.  

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents, Mr Zed explains, adding its ‘rich philosophical thought should not be taken frivolously or ridiculed.’ 

‘In the Hindu faith, yoga is considered union with God and one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy, and mean for transforming consciousness and purification of the Self and attaining liberation,’ Mr Zed explains. 

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesperson for IKEA said the company did not intend to offend Hindus with the advert.  

‘IKEA Australia did not intend for any offence to be caused as a result of the creative of this campaign,’ the spokesperson said.  

Mr Zed wants to see the advert withdrawn and apology from IKEA's global management based in the Netherlands

Mr Zed wants to see the advert withdrawn and apology from IKEA's global management based in the Netherlands

Mr Zed wants to see the advert withdrawn and apology from IKEA’s global management based in the Netherlands 

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