The mother of a toddler who died after she was pulled from a car found in a river in Wales has said sorry for her own ‘stupidity’.
Two-year-old Kiara Moore was left inside the silver Mini that had been parked on a slipway and was later found in the River Teifi in Cardigan, Ceredigion, on Monday afternoon.
Despite efforts to rescue the girl, doctors announced that she had died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Her mother, Kim Rowlands, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post saying her “beautiful girl” had died.
She added: ‘Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt of this for the rest of my life.
‘Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry.’
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Explaining what happened, Kiara’s father, Jet Moore, wrote on Facebook: ‘They got in the car to go home.
‘Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.
‘Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car.
‘Looked in the river, no signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.
‘The police found the car a while later and went way beyond the call of duty jumping in and pulling her out.
‘They tried to revive her for hours but unfortunately could not. Everyone done their best.’
Paying tribute to his daughter, he added: ‘She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life.’
Noel Lewis, who owns the Pioneer Garage on the other side of the slipway where the car had been parked, said he knew Mr Moore and would see him as well as Kiara and her mother.
Of the slipway, he said: ‘It’s concrete, about four or five foot, going down into the river bed, which is quite deep, so if the Mini rolled back then the poor little girl didn’t stand a chance.’
Dyfed-Powys Police said the car was dragged 500ft downstream before Kiara was found nearly two hours later.
A spokeswoman said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.