Karawara assault: Pregnant mum Diane Miller ‘very unlikely’ to survive after ‘unprovoked’ attack

The family of a pregnant woman fighting for life after she was allegedly hit in the head with a piece of concrete in Perth have been told she and her unborn baby are “very unlikely” to survive.

The brother of Diane Miller said doctors told the family his sister’s condition was “very unlikely” to improve, with the swelling of her brain getting worse while speaking outside Royal Perth Hospital.

“They are going to keep monitoring her brain; if it keeps swelling, it’s going to stop the blood going to her brain, you’re going to end up brain dead, and once that happens … the baby will die (too),” he said.

He said the baby was “too young to come out”, with the mother due to find out the sex of her child next week.

Her eight-month-old baby boy will likely be left without a mother, according to her brother, who said he “wouldn’t wish this on anyone”.

“We are destroyed and we want justice. We want these people whoever they are … we want what’s deserved,” he said.

Police said there was a fight at the Waterford Plaza carpark on Manning Rd in Karawara between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday.

“It will be alleged during the altercation, the 17-year-old male threw a rock at the vehicle, which went through the open front passenger-side window, hitting a 30-year-old pregnant woman in the head and causing her to go into cardiac arrest,” police said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Diane Miller and her unborn baby are fighting for their lives in Royal Perth Hospital’s intensive care unit after they were attacked in what police say was an “unprovoked” and “senseless” assault. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

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Cannington Detectives have charged a 17-year-old male after an incident that occurred at a shopping centre located on Manning Road in Karawara last night, Tuesday, 29 November 2022. Credit: Brianna Dugan/The West Australian

Police officers and members of the public provided CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived.

She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where she remains in intensive care.

The boy, from Kensington, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and breaching bail.

Inspector Brett Baddock said the woman was five months pregnant, and the baby was also fighting for life.

“We have some concerns for both her safety and also the baby,” he told reporters.

“The parties were not known to each other.

“I put it down to quite simply (allegedly) senseless, unprovoked violence, which is unacceptable, and we won’t tolerate it.”

Police said their investigation was ongoing, and detectives urged anyone who saw the incident or who has footage of it to contact Crime Stoppers.

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