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Man denied bail after allegedly killing toddler in car chase

A MAN has been charged with manslaughter after he allegedly led police on a pursuit across Sydney's west that led to the death of a toddler.

Christopher Chandler, 22, is accused of driving the stolen Audi that crashed through the fence of a home at Constitution Hill, near Parramatta last week, resulting in the death of 17-month-old Tateolena Tauaifaga.

The toddler was playing in the backyard with her siblings at the time.

Chandler is also facing other serious charges stemming from the January 8 incident including aggravated dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, police pursuit (Skye's Law), use offensive weapon to avoid apprehension, drive manner dangerous and two counts of furious driving causing bodily harm.

He was also wanted on a number of outstanding warrants and it is understood he was on bail at the time for unrelated offences.

Chandler appeared briefly in Wyong Local Court on Thursday where he was refused bail.

His alleged passenger, Katie Tuite, 23, was arrested on January 9 after being found in Darlinghurst in Sydney's inner suburbs.

Tuite was wanted on six arrest warrants over theft, weapons and drug possession and supply offences and she was refused bail after appearing in Central Local Court last week.

- APN NEWSDESK.

Topics:  crime police sydney


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