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Baby crushed to death

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A FOUR-MONTH old baby is the latest victim of alleged parental negligence.

The infant was sleeping with his seven-year-old brother at their Lomaivuna home when his older brother allegedly rolled over the baby, causing his death.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the police were conducting investigations and the issue of negligence would be pursued as the parents of the children were not at home at the time of the incident.

The police report stated the mother of the two children was attending choir practice and returned at 11pm to check on her two children when she found her younger child dead. The children's father was at a neighbouring house watching television.

"This is a serious issue as we have always called on parents and guardians to prioritise the safety of their children and ensure they are always supervised at all times," Ms Naisoro said.

She said both the parents had been cautioned, interviewed and released as investigators await post-mortem examination results.

"As stated numerous times, it takes only a few seconds for tragedy to occur as far as our children are concerned, which is why parents and guardians must always be vigilant and put their safety first above other things," Ms Naisoro said.


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