'Tragic incident' sees two-year-old die in River Teifi at Cardigan

Kiara was found in a submerged car in River Teifi

Facebook BIRTHDAY Kiara was set to celebrate her big day a week later

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of a "happy" and "smiley" little girl who was rescued from a auto that had plunged into a river in Wales.

THE mother of two-year-old Kiara Moore, who died when the auto she was in rolled down a slipway into a river, has said she "will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life".

But in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, her father, Jet Moore, seemed to indicate it had been a tragic accident.

In a post on Facebook, he said: "They got in the vehicle to go home but sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc (sic)".

"Thank you to those who tried to save her, and our thoughts are with all who loved her".

Little Kiara was freed from the submerged auto after her mum Kim Rowlands claimed her vehicle was swiped by thieves with her daughter in the back.

At first Ms Rowlands, 25, thought the silver Mini had been stolen.

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Dyfed-Powys Police said specialist officers will investigate whether the electronic "button" brake on the Mini was activated before the auto rolled down the slipway where it was parked outside Mr Moore's workplace.

"She was a lovely little smiley girl, always happy".

In a tweet tonight, Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed the sad news and added Kiara's family was being supported by specialist officers. And may have done more than most people. So we thought she and the auto had been taken. Paddled the great glen Scotland.

Played on every beach we could.

He also thanked officers who "jumped in the river and the rest of the emergency services for all they did".

Noel Lewis, who owns the Pioneer Garage on the other side of the slipway, said he knew Mr Moore and would see him there as well as Kiara and her mother. A young, innocent life taken so tragically.

We're investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and appeal for witnesses who may have seen the silver Mini enter the river between 3:30pm and 4:50pm on the afternoon of Monday, 19th March to call. Colled ifanc sy'n tristau cymuned.

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