Motivational speaker and author charged over baby daughter’s death

A motivational speaker, author and media commentator from Melbourne has been charged over the death of her seven-month-old daughter.

Fiori Giovanni, 35, has been charged with child homicide following the girl's death on July 18.

Fiori Giovanni has been charged with child homicide.Credit:Instagram

Police were called to an apartment building in Kavanagh Street in Southbank after the baby was found unresponsive about 7.20am. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the seven-month-old but she died at the scene.

The court heard on Wednesday that the charge related to an act of alleged criminal negligence by Ms Giovanni, in that she allegedly left two children in the bath unsupervised and her young daughter drowned.

Ms Giovanni describes herself as an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, media commentator, human rights activist and best-selling author and has appeared on television shows such as Studio 10.

She has also written opinion pieces for several publications on a range of issues.

Fiori Giovanni, 35, is a motivational speaker, author and media commentator.Credit:Instagram

The 35-year-old built a career sharing her life story. She was born in war-torn Eritrea in Africa and on her website describes "overcoming the challenge of a pubescent arranged marriage, and as a teenager being mandatorily conscripted into the army and clinging to life in a leaking boat loaded with refugees".

Five weeks ago, she published a post on Instagram about her baby's death.

"It is with our deepest sorry and soul-wrenching heartbreak that we inform you of the death of our beautiful little angel," she wrote.

"A shining star was sent to us to inspire, change and transform our lives in the short 7½ months we have the pleasure of being with her."

She said at the time that a Zoom funeral was being organised for close family and friends.

On Wednesday morning she had deleted content on most of her social media profiles.

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