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Girl X's family remembers her smile

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Toby Mann

Close family of Girl X, who fatally overdosed after allegedly being sexually abused while in NSW care, have broken down as they remembered her bright smile and devotion.

The 15-year-old's harrowing life has been examined at a NSW inquest, where her brother on Thursday spoke about how she had always looked after him and his twin.

"You are a part of our home and forever a part of our family," the brother, who cannot be identified, said.

"We just want to thank (her) for the care and love she gave us."

The brothers both loved dancing with their sister and said they will miss her cooking.

The girl died in a Sydney children's hospital in April 2014 after several months of spiralling behaviour which included hard drug use and probably prostitution, the week-long inquest has heard.

But many of the grimmer details of the girl's abuse were never told to her family, and an adult female relative told the court they had been "shut out" by child services.

"We could have been her support network," the relative said.

She smiled broadly as she remembered the girl as a young child who loved playgrounds.

"She was always running up to me with a big smile on her face," the inquest heard Thursday.

Four framed photos of the girl were proudly displayed as the family members made statements.

Girl X's family were not fully aware of the horrors she had suffered before hearing details at the inquest.

"It really, really hurts," the female relative said.

"To hear people can be this cruel to other people. It doesn't make sense."

Her father sobbed as he told the court "she was a princess of my life."

"We're never going to ever be the same again," he said.

A child care worker with 26 years' experience earlier said the life of Girl X was the most complex case he had encountered.

"If you could write a textbook on how to traumatise a child, it would be (about the girl)," he told Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee.

The hearing is expected to finish on Friday and Mr Lee said he hopes to hand down findings in September.

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