MEDIA RELEASE 20th February 2014


Parents charged with Manslaughter by Negligence


            Police arrests and charged with Manslaughter by Negligence the parents of a six-month-old baby boy from Fangaloto after the baby passed away at their home from dehydration as a result of severe diarrhea and vomiting.


          It is alleged that the six-month-old baby boy fell sick on Thursday 30th January, 2014. The baby was taken by the accused to Vaiola Hospital on Sunday 2nd February, 2014 but he was already dead.


          Both Mother (28) and Father (32) were arrested on Tuesday 18th February, 2014 and are remanded in custody to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate Court on the 24th February, 2014.


          This is the first time for a case of this nature where both parents are accused and charged for not providing “Necessaries of health and life.”


'Unga Fa'aoa

Acting Commissioner of Police