Girl, 3, eats leftovers for 2 days after mom dies
In this undated photo released by family, Shylah Silbery, 3, poses for a photo in New Zealand. / AP
Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A 3-year-old girl, alone for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their New Zealand home, lived on cheese, leftover lasagna and milk and comforted herself with her teddy bear.
Police coaxed Shylah to drag a coffee table to the door so she could reach the lock and unlock the door, before she told them, "Mummy won't wake up," Silbery said.
"I can only imagine her in there for that long, trying to wake Mum up as well," he said.
Silbery said Shylah endured the two days alone by finding food in the refrigerator and holding her teddy bear, named "Possum."
Shylah spent several days in a hospital recovering from dehydration and diaper rash.
"She's doing OK now. She's still bubbly," he said. "When we lowered the coffin into the grave at the cemetery, though, she pointed at it and said, 'Mummy's in there.' It was pretty heartbreaking."
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy but don't believe Lauren Silbery's death was suspicious, Wellington police spokesman Victoria Davis said.
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