Mystery after mum and young

daughter found dead in family home

Erik Jensen and Amy Corderoy

February 1, 2011

The house where the family were found dead.
The house where the family were found dead. Photo: Gordon McComiskie

A DAY earlier she had been picnicking with family in the Blue Mountains – breakfast at McDonald’s, lunch at the Three Sisters.

Everything seemed normal. She had taken her mother and aunt for the drive. In the afternoon, she swam in the pool of her parents, with whom she lived in West Hoxton.

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But yesterday 23-year-old Alicia Folesi and her three-year-old daughter, Leiliani, were found dead in the neat two-storey house. Police are still uncertain what happened.

”She’s a good mother who doesn’t deserve this,” the woman’s aunt, Tua Purcell, said. ”I was just getting to know my [great] niece and now she’s gone.”

Family had tried unsuccessfully to call Ms Folesi yesterday. By 2pm they forced their way into the house. Her body was found inside with Leiliani. Paramedics failed to revive them.

Police said it was too early to say how the pair had died. There had been no one else in the house when the bodies were found, Acting Superintendent Steve Corry said, but it was not possible to say whether there was any sign of forced entry.

Ms Folesi’s family were still puzzling over what might have happened last night. A cousin turned up at the police tape and demanded to know where Leiliani was.

Neighbours wondered how this could happen to the good Mormon girl who lived inside.

A former friend of Ms Folesi’s, who did not wish to be named, said she had always been quiet. “At school she pretty much kept to herself,” she said. “There was just something about the girl which was a little bit different”.

But the woman, who attended business college with Ms Folesi, believed she was well-liked. “She got along with everyone. She was very polite, very lovely,” she said. ”She went to an all-girls Catholic school with correct Catholic values … She was very naive … [but] she really kind of kept to herself.”

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