A woman blackmailed a grieving couple for $1000 (£557) in exchange for final pictures of their baby daughter just 21 minutes after she died.
Siti Nurhidayah Kamal, 24, admitted to the charges in court today after threatening to delete all pictures of Jay and Dee Windross’ dying 11-month-old daughter unless they transferred the cash into her bank account.
Dee Windross, from Melbourne, Australia, lost her phone at a Chadstone Shopping Centre bathroom stall earlier in April.
The couple had issued an online plea to retrieve their phone and Kamal contacted them claiming to have snatched the device.
However, police later learned Kamal did not have the phone.
Instead, the woman pretended to have picked up the Samsung Galaxy 8 and blackmailed the couple just 21 minutes after their daughter died.
Kamal, who works as an Uber Eats delivery cyclist, promised to put the phone in the couple’s letter box in exchange for $1000 (£557).
Dee wrote on Facebook : “While trying to spend every emotional minute with Amiyah and giving her all of my attention, I’m also responding to someone claiming to have our phone with all the memories of her.
“Not only was it a complete and utter waste of my time, it was interrupting my final moments with my dying daughter.”
The couple spent the final days with their daughter desperately trying to retrieve the missing phone from Kamal.
Just minutes after their daughter died, Kamal sent the couple a WhatsApp message reading: “Please I’m begging you. I don’t want to sell and erase all your memory. I promise you, I am an honest person.”
In a saddening Facebook post announcing her daughter’s death, Dee wrote: “It is with utter sadness that Dee and I inform everyone that Amiyah Victoria grew her wings at 2.05am on Wednesday morning.
“Amiyah’s last hours were spent peacefully and calmly, cuddling in Mummy’s and Daddy’s arms — which is what she loved most.
“Amiyah battled hard and fought from the day she was born. Her strength, her courage, and her unrelenting fight was on display from her first breath, all the way till her last.”
Kamal, 24, was denied bail and will return back to court for sentencing.
The parents still do not have their phone back.