Mum arrested in Maitland over toddler's death
The mother of a "beautiful, happy, bubbly toddler" been arrested and is expected to be charged with manslaughter over the little girl's death.
Jessica Greatorex, 22, was arrested at her Tarro home in the NSW Hunter region early this morning, almost two months after her 20-month-old daughter Hayley Rose suffered a cardiac arrest.
Paramedics were called to the house when Hayley was found unresponsive on June 19.
Hayley was rushed to John Hunter Hospital with her mother following in an ambulance behind, but she was unable to be revived.
A post mortem revealed she suffered injuries to her head, torso and internal organs, including broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
Last week Ms Greatorex's partner Timothy Andrew Whiteley, 26, was charged with murder over Hayley's death.
The pair had been in a de facto relationship and had recently moved in together.
Speaking to 9NEWS last week, Ms Greatorex choked back tears, saying her daughter "always had a smile on her face".
"She just went down for a sleep and she just didn't wake back up," Ms Greatorex said.
At the time of Mr Whiteley's arrest, police said detectives were shaken by the case.
"When you're dealing with the murder of a 20-month-old baby it's even more so, especially with a lot of detectives having young families themselves," Inspector Wayne Walpole said.
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