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Charge for negligence

Shalveen Chand
Monday, January 06, 2014

POLICE have reiterated that they will lay charges against parents if there is evidence to suggest that their negligence led to the death of their child.

Last year, two parents were charged — one where a child drowned and another where two children died in a house fire.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said in most cases of child deaths, negligence was always looked at.

She said some deaths could have been prevented if their carers had been monitoring children better.

"In such cases where the police view the death as a result of negligence, we investigate the matter and hand the findings to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions," she said.

"It's the DPP's Office that advises us what step to take, whether charges are to be laid or not."

In the past seven days, there have been two drowning cases.

A six-year-old boy was found floating in a swimming spot in Nasinu while a two-year-old was found in the sea in Kadavu.

In both cases, the young victims managed to escape from the attention of their carers.

Police also confirmed that in some cases, parents leave toddlers with their older siblings while they go out.

Ms Naisoro said police hoped parents and those given the task of looking after young children do so with diligence and utmost care.








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