Two-year-old Connor Horan died in August, 2018 from multiple head and internal injuries. Picture: Supplied
Two-year-old Connor Horan died in August, 2018 from multiple head and internal injuries. Picture: Supplied

What happened to happy little Connor?

A PUBLIC appeal will be launched today to help find answers for the devastated family of a toddler who died after he was driven to hospital by his babysitter with multiple head and internal injuries.

Two-year-old Connor Horan died in August, 2018 while in the care of his babysitter. Picture: Supplied
Two-year-old Connor Horan died in August, 2018 while in the care of his babysitter. Picture: Supplied

Two-year-old Connor Horan loved cuddles and doing his "happy dance", and always had a big smile.

But on August 19, 2018, he was taken to hospital with terrible injuries during a weekend with his babysitter.

The Courier-Mail can reveal the tragic case for the first time, as detectives will today make a public appeal for information.

It is understood that no call was made to triple-0 but instead the babysitter - a woman who was then aged 38 and a friend of the family - drove the little boy to Warwick Hospital.

Connor was not breathing when he arrived and doctors performed CPR for 30 minutes before he was pronounced dead.

The babysitter is understood to have told police the little boy fell down a short flight of stairs at her home.

The Courier-Mail can reveal detectives have been investigating the circumstances of Connor's death for more than a year and will today make a public appeal for information.

"We are committed to providing the child's family with the answers they deserve following such a tragic event," Darling Downs District Detective Acting Inspector Matt Howard said.

"Detectives are piecing together a timeline of events from that weekend and are seeking the assistance of the public to help us fully understand the circumstances of what happened."

Two-year-old Connor Horan died from multiple head and internal injuries. Picture Supplied
Two-year-old Connor Horan died from multiple head and internal injuries. Picture Supplied

It is understood Connor was raised by his young mother with help from his grandmother, and was a happy, affectionate boy who was "too smart for his age". He loved to dance and was known for doing his "happy dance".

On Friday, August 17, he went to stay with the family friend at her home on East St in Warwick. He was supposed to stay with the babysitter until Sunday but he died Sunday morning at 11.30am.

He died from multiple head and internal injuries, and his death is being treated as suspicious. The external stairs at the woman's home have been described as "small".

Detectives from the Child Trauma Unit and the Darling Downs District Crime Group have been working steadily to determine the circumstances of Connor's death since receiving the results of the post-mortem examinations.

Today they will make an appeal for information from the public in the hope of piecing together the events of that weekend.

East St, where Connor’s babysitter lived. Picture: AAP image, John Gass
East St, where Connor’s babysitter lived. Picture: AAP image, John Gass

Police want to speak to anyone who saw Connor during the weekend of August 17-19 or who has any information about his death.

"If anyone who was in the Warwick area at the time saw Connor or has heard any information about what took place on that weekend, we urge them to come forward and speak with police," Det Insp Howard said.

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