AN INQUEST into the death of a severely disabled Hunter Valley girl has heard the triple-0 call her father made after discovering her body in the family’s home.
Isabella Leiper was nine when her father David found her in their Clarence Town home on the afternoon of July 17, 2011, Newcastle Coroners Court heard Monday morning.
Isabella suffered from a form of cerebral palsy and was entirely dependent on her family and a number of government services to care for her, Coroner Sharon Freund was told.
A number of witnesses are expected to testify that Isabella was well cared for and had returned from a stay in a respite centre several days before she died.
The cause of death will be examined.
David Leiper had to walk to a Clarence Town business after discovering his daughter to phone triple-0.
During the call, he told the operator: ‘‘I just found my child dead in bed.’’
No one else was at the house at the time, Mr Leiper told the operator.
Mr Leiper and his wife Michelle held hands while the call was played to the court.
The inquest continues.