Police on negligence

THE Fiji Police Force says charging parents with negligence in the event of child loss or when their child becomes a victim of crime is the last thing on their mind.

Police chief of intelligence and investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Biu Matavou made the comment as police launched investigations into two alleged parental negligence cases following the death of two children in less than a week.

According to police, a two-year-old boy of Lomanikaya Village on Vatulele was found floating in the sea last Sunday afternoon.

The victim had allegedly left his home unaccompanied before he was discovered later floating 15 metres away from his home.

Another four-year-old boy was discovered floating near the shore at Naceva Village on Beqa on Monday.

Police also confirmed the victim had gone with another relative to clean their boat when it was alleged he was told to return home.

“We have always stressed the need to prioritise the safety of children and the last resort was to add on to the suffering endured by a parent or guardian by laying charges of negligence in the event a child loses his or her life or becomes a victim of crime,” ACP Matavou said.

He also revealed that investigators of the attempted rape incident in Savusavu would be questioning the parents of an eight-year-old girl for negligence as to why she was allowed to walk to the shop by herself.

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