A heartbroken mum whose daughter died when her car rolled into a freezing river has said she will live with the guilt for the rest of her life – and blamed the tragedy on her “stupidity”. Two-year-old Kiara Moore was trapped in a silver Mini that ended up in the River Teifi in Cardigan, west Wales, on Monday afternoon, just days before her third birthday. Her mum Kim Rowlands initially thought the car had been stolen.
In a Facebook post she wrote: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away! Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life! mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry!” Kiara’s father revealed that Ms Rowlands had parked the car outside his workplace, went inside to get money after her bank card snapped and then returned to find the car missing. There was no sign of it in the water in the immediate area, and the couple assumed it had been stolen with Kiara still inside, he added.
A frantic search was launched at about 3.30pm on Monday after Kiara’s mum wrote on Facebook that her daughter was in the “stolen” car. The police found the car a while later, jumping in the river and pulling Kiara out. Desperate attempts to made to revive her, but sadly Kiara could not be saved.