Heartless internet trolls have sent cruel abuse to the grieving parents of a two-year-old girl who died after her mother’s car plunged into a freezing river.
Police have warned that people posting malicious comments about Kiara Moore’s tragic death may face action.
Vile comments speculating over the circumstances and criticising Jethro (Jet) Moore and Kim Rowlands – who wrote a heartbreaking post blaming herself – were left on the parents’ open Facebook pages.
Mr Moore has said the toddler died in a tragic accident outside his workplace next to the River Teifi in Cardigan, west Wales.
Friends of the pair and strangers have hit back at online trolls and defended the couple who have been left devastated after Kiara’s life was cut short.
One troll, whose Facebook page says she is from the Netherlands, wrote: "Why do you let your child in the car when you have to go inside a building! This is a lesson what [sic] your daughter has paid with her life."
Another troll, whose profile states she is a former nursery nurse in Fife, wrote: "I’ve showed [sic] more heartbreak and emotion when taking my dog to the vets for a jag how BIZARRE."
Other Facebook users condemned the posts and hit back at the trolls, with one writing: "There are some evil people on here. This page belongs to a father who has lost his child. FFS I hope the family doesn’t read these awful comments."
Another user added: "Horrible nasty comments. There are two people who are grieving enough without the negative horrible comments it was a freak accident."
And one posted: "As if people would be so heartless to troll the page of a man who has just lost his baby daughter."
Mr Moore had previously told how Ms Rowlands and their daughter visited his workplace, Cardigan Bay Active, next to the river on Monday afternoon.
He wrote on Facebook that the pair were preparing to leave when his partner sat on her bank card, causing it to snap, and went back inside to get money, leaving the girl in the silver Mini.
The car rolled into the River Teifi with Kiara trapped inside.
Her mum reported the car stolen at about 3.30pm after it was missing when she emerged from her partner’s outdoor adventure business near the old Scout Hall on the Strand.
There was no sign of the car in the river in the immediate area, Mr Moore added.
But about two hours later the car was found in the river and Kiara was rescued by police officers who jumped into the icy water.
She was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff, where she was pronounced dead on Monday night.
Heartbroken Ms Rowlands has said she will live with guilt for the rest of her life and blamed herself for the tragedy,.
In a Facebook post she wrote: "Sadly [on Monday] my beautiful baby girl passed away! Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life!
"Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry!"
Mr Moore paid tribute to Kiara, writing: "Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!!!
"She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people Been skiing twice and skied her self!
"Paddled the Great Glen Scotland , paddles the Wye , played on every beach we could. Had a loving family and made us all happy."
Dyfed-Powys Police, which led the search for Kiara, warned people to "think very carefully" before posting and not to speculate on the circumstances of incidents.
The force said in a tweet: "We are aware of comments on threads across social media which are being looked at.
"Posts considered to be malicious will be recorded and police action may follow."
In a statement, police added: "Enquiries are continuing to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
"Examination of the vehicle will form part of these enquiries.
"We can also confirm that the vehicle had not been stolen."
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