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NSW inquest probes abuse of Girl X

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Toby Mann

Before she was one she was taken from her family by authorities and during her teen years in NSW care homes was injecting hard drugs and had carved "I hate feelings" into her leg.

And by the age of 15 the girl, who can't be named, had overdosed and died in a Sydney hospital after years of abuse by those who should have protected her, a coronial inquest into the April 2014 tragedy has heard.

"(She) was let down, used and abused by many of the people who she should have been able to rely upon for comfort and care," counsel assisting the inquest Donna Ward said on Monday.

"Other predatory adults used and abused (the girl) for their own ends involving (her) in criminal activity, drug use and probably prostitution."

Had the girl, dubbed girl X', survived her horrendous childhood, it is likely she would have developed a 'severe personality disorder', Ms Ward said.

In the month she died, the girl had carved "I hate feelings" into her leg.

She first came to the attention of authorities in May 200 when she was only a few months old, the inquest heard.

Throughout 2005 she was bounced between the homes of extended family members, but never settled.

She ended up living in a series of groups homes and care facilities.

At 14, the girl was housed in a Sydney youth refuge where two carers allegedly raped her.

Prosecution was commenced against one of the carers.

The girl was concerned about giving evidence at his District Court trial, listed to begin a few weeks after her death. The charges have since been dropped.

As well as the persistent abuse by adults, the girl was using drugs and alcohol.

Evidence at the inquest is expected to show she died after injecting a "speedball" - a "particularly dangerous" concoction of heroin and methamphetamine, Ms Ward said.

Girl X's death was the result of a hypoxic brain injury, which Ms Ward said meant not enough oxygen was going to her brain.

Two nights before the girl died, a man can be seen sneaking into her bedroom through a window at the care home, according to CCTV played at the inquest.

The girl, he told police in a later interview, showed him about 1.5 points of heroin and remarked "look what I've got," the inquest heard.

The man took all the drugs, passed out and slept through the night, the inquest heard.

In the morning he dashed for help after hearing the girl making a strange breathing noise.

A carer tried to revive her and paramedics managed to restart her heart but she remained unconscious and wasn't able to breath independently.

The girl died early the next morning, on April 21, 2014, at the Westmead Children's Hospital.

Her death has been politicised, with the opposition using it as an opportunity to call for the suspension of a the facility where the girl was allegedly repeatedly raped.

Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed he has written to the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse to look into the alleged historical abuse.

Mr Hazzard was forced to call on the director of public prosecutions to reopen investigations last week after it was revealed the sexual assault charges were dropped after the girl's death.

The inquest continues before NSW Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee.

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