Committee probes child’s death

Chair­man of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty Han­iff Ben­jamin said a com­mit­tee has been set up to look in­to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of a four-year-old child at a chil­dren’s home.

Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Ben­jamin said the au­thor­i­ty was still await­ing the re­sults of a his­tol­ogy re­port from the au­top­sy on the body of a four-year-old child.

 

The tod­dler was found un­re­spon­sive at the Bridge of Hope Chil­dren’s Home in San­gre Grande on Ju­ly 4.

Ben­jamin said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of the four-year-old is cur­rent­ly un­der­way

He said while a cause for the child’s death is still un­de­ter­mined, a spe­cial com­mit­tee head­ed by spe­cial­ist pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Na­tal­ie Dick, has been ap­point­ed to look at all the in­for­ma­tion in this case and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions.

But the chair­man of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty said there should not be a re­peat of the in­ci­dent.

“The likes of this should nev­er hap­pen again,” said Ben­jamin.

The chair­man said the au­thor­i­ty was al­so con­cerned about the safe­ty of chil­dren dur­ing the va­ca­tion pe­ri­od.

Al­ready three chil­dren have died. Two were struck by ve­hi­cles and the oth­er died af­ter be­ing left for sev­er­al hours in a school bus.

Ben­jamin is re­mind­ing par­ents that chil­dren are of­ten fear­less and while it may be im­pos­si­ble to mit­i­gate all risks, par­ents, as well as care­givers, must an­tic­i­pate dan­ger­ous sce­nar­ios.

Reporter: Jannelle Bernard

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