Teenager faces court charged with murdering pregnant mum Diane Miller

The grieving family of a pregnant mother, who died after she was allegedly struck in the head with a projectile block of concrete, has held a gender reveal event for her baby who also did not survive.

Diane Miller, 30, and her unborn baby died at Royal Perth Hospital on December 2 after an alleged unprovoked attack at the Waterford Plaza carpark on Manning Rd in Karawara on November 29.

She leaves behind an eight-month-old son named Lloyde, who is still struggling to understand what happened to his mother.

On Thursday, about 30 people gathered to pop a balloon, revealing blue glitter to indicate Ms Miller had been pregnant with a boy.

Her partner Phillip Edmonds told NCA NewsWire on Friday that he would give the child a name that also began with the letter “L”.

“It was an emotional day. Diane should have been here … Lloyde should have had a baby brother,” he said.

“I’m still in shock. I feel a little bit lost.”

A 17-year-old boy, from Kensington, was previously charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

But on Thursday, police revealed the charge had been upgraded to murder.

Under WA law, the teenager cannot be charged over the unborn baby’s death, but Mr Edmonds said that was not right in his mind.

“It should be two times murder (charges), not one,” Mr Edmonds said.

“There was a human inside her, a person.”

The teenager also has an unrelated charge of breaching bail.

The boy, who cannot be named, appeared in Perth Children’s Court on Friday.

Bail was not considered and he was remanded in custody to face court again on January 23.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Angela Ryder, who is Mr Edmonds’ aunt, to cover the cost of the funeral and support Lloyde.

More than $48,000 has been raised so far.

Last week, Mr Edmonds told NCA NewsWire it had been a tough time for the whole family.

“It was pretty difficult to say goodbye and to see her in the hospital,” he said.

Mr Edmonds affectionately referred to Ms Miller’s personality as “wicked”.

“She’s a forgiving person, always loving,” he said.

“She was the most beautiful woman.

“She made me solid and the person I am today.”

The couple had just moved into a new home and was preparing it for the birth of the baby.

“We were making it a real home and setting it up for the baby,” he said.

Ms Miller’s niece, Marika, was in the car at the time of the alleged incident.

She described her aunt as a funny person.

“You could never be sad around her – she made everyone happy,” Marika told reporters.

Originally published as Teenager faces court charged with murdering pregnant mum, as family holds gender reveal event

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