A Townsville man has been charged over the death of a three-year-old girl, after her body was found in a stormwater drain.
Police said they were called to a house in Kelso, in Queensland's northeast, about 6.40pm where two young children were reported missing.
A two-year-old was found safe wandering in a nearby street.
At 8.20pm a three-year-old girl was found in a stormwater drain. She was taken to Townsville University Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
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Detectives from Townsville Child Protection Unit have charged a 27-year-old Kelso man, who was known to the children, with one count each of manslaughter, endangering children by exposure and driving under the influence of a drug.
He has been denied police bail and is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court tomorrow.