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No charge over unborn child’s death in Australia Day crash

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The teenager accused over a fatal crash on Australia Day that killed mum-to-be Katherine Leadbetter and her partner Matthew Field, is facing extra charges.

The teenager accused over a fatal crash on Australia Day that killed mum-to-be Katherine Leadbetter and her partner Matthew Field is facing extra charges.

Ms Leadbetter, 31, and Mr Field, 37, were killed in Alexandra Hills, near Brisbane, while out walking their dogs on January 26.

Ms Leadbetter at the time was pregnant with the couple's unborn son, Miles.

The couple were expecting a child together.

READ MORE: Families of couple killed in Alexandra Hills crash speak

A 17-year-old boy was charged with a raft of offences including murder and burglary.

Now, he has been hit with further charges, including two more counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance), two counts of failure to fulfil duties at the scene of a traffic crash and one count each of wilful damage, driving whilst disqualified and possessing tainted property.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd confirmed that upon receipt of expert legal advice, a specific charge of killing an unborn child was not available in this case.

READ MORE: Tributes flow for couple killed in Australia Day crash

"The death of unborn baby Miles will be presented as an aggravating element of the murder charge relating to death of his mother Kate," Assistant Commissioner Codd said.

"This advice has been provided to the families and we will continue to support and engage with them throughout our investigation and subsequent court proceedings."

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were farewelled at a funeral yesterday.

The teenager will appear in court next week.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-day-fatal-crash-extra-charges-teen-driver/130a876e-1ee9-44a0-9273-7769452ebec9

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