A Melbourne author and motivational speaker whose infant drowned in a bath has had child homicide charges withdrawn.
Author and business coach Fiori Giovanni was charged with child homicide over the death of her seven-month-old daughter Illen in July 2020.
But charges against the 36-year-old were withdrawn at a brief hearing in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said they discontinued the charge but did not outline the reason behind the decision.
“Ms Giovanni you are therefore discharged from your undertaking of bail in respect of this matter and that otherwise concludes proceedings before this court,” judicial registrar Tim Freeman said.
“Thank you, Your Honour,” Ms Giovanni replied.
Police alleged in charge sheets that Ms Giovanni killed the girl in circumstances that would “constitute manslaughter” except for her age. They claimed the mum left the infant unattended.
The author was charged two months after her daughter’s death and earlier this year was committed to stand trial.
“After careful consideration and consultation with the chief crown prosecutor and a senior crown prosecutor, the director determined to discontinue the proceedings,” a spokeswoman from the Office of Public Prosecutions said following the decision.
“It is inappropriate to comment further.”
In a post on Instagram last year Ms Giovanni paid tribute to her daughter.
“It is with our deepest sorry and soul-wrenching heartbreak that we inform you of the death of our beautiful little angel,” she wrote.
Ms Giovanni described her daughter as a “shining star” sent to “inspire, change and transform our lives”.