A Self-Help Author who was accused of murdering her seven-month-old daughter who drowned in the bath was released from jail today.
After baby Illen was discovered unconscious at the family home in Melbourne, Australia, Fiori Giovanni, 35, a business coach and speaker, was charged with child homicide, but the charges have now been dropped.
Fiori Giovanni, 35, was charged with negligence after her baby died tragically, but that charge has since been dropped.
Ms Giovanni was charged with manslaughter after allegedly leaving the baby in the bath with the girl’s older brother unsupervised.
The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge in May of this year and was ordered to stand trial in Victoria’s Supreme Court.
However, at the request of Victoria’s top prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC, the charge was withdrawn during a preliminary hearing.
Aside from a notice of discontinuance, no information was provided in a brief court appearance.
On July 18, at 7.20 a.m., Baby Illen was discovered unconscious.
She was said to be unresponsive when officers arrived at her home that morning.
Giovanni is an Australian business coach, speaker, and frequent media guest.
In a message posted on social media following Illen’s death and before she was charged, Giovanni paid tribute to her “beautiful little angel.”
“A shining star was sent to us to inspire, change, and transform our lives in the short seven and a half months we had the pleasure of being with her,” she said.
“And the light she has ignited in us will never go out.”
“We are not currently taking calls because we need this time to heal and process, as well as be present for our beautiful son Odis, but we have decided to have her cremated so that she will always be with us.”
Giovanni did not appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today, but her lawyer informed the court that Illen drowned while unsupervised in the bathtub.
He also stated that his client’s charges did not allege any intentional act of harm.
“The charge of child homicide relates to an alleged criminal negligence on the part of Ms Giovanni,” he explained.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic’s restrictions on large gatherings, a funeral service for Illen was held over Zoom for friends and family.
Giovanni is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, as well as a regular television panelist and corporate speaker in Australia.
She arrived in Australia as a refugee at the age of 15 years.
Her autobiography, Defy Your Destiny, describes how, at the age of 12, she escaped an arranged marriage in her native Eritrea.
Due to her public profile, she initially requested that her name be withheld, but the request was denied by a judge.