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Spotlight on mums

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, July 24, 2014

THREE mothers are under investigation for alleged negligence following incidents where their children have either been seriously injured or have died.

Two of the children in question died while another is on life support at the Lautoka Hospital.

Police investigations have begun to determine who was responsible for the unfortunate events.

In the first incident, Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said a six-month-old girl was pronounced dead on arrival after she was given herbal medicine as treatment for an illness.

"The mother of the child had given herbal medicine on Monday before taking some herself," he said.

"A day later, the six-month-old baby started to pass out red and pink coloured urine in the morning and was conveyed to the hospital in the afternoon after her condition got worse but was pronounced dead on arrival."

In the second incident, the mother of a one-month-old child who is currently fighting for her life in the Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka Hospital has also been subjected to a police investigation.

Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the child was seriously injured on Sunday morning after the vehicle she was travelling in hit a lamp post in Nadi.

"She had allegedly slapped her husband who was driving the car and as a result he lost control of the vehicle," she said.

"She could be facing an assault charge and the father of the child could also face criminal charges depending on the seriousness of the child's injuries."

Meanwhile, the mother of a two-year-old boy who drowned in Yasawa waters last week has also been questioned.

"We are trying to ascertain who was looking after the child as he was out playing at a neighbour's home."


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