Committee to investigate death of four year old

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CANA is reporting that a committee has been established to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a   four-year-old child at a chil­dren’s home in Trinidad.

Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence Wednesday, Chair­man of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty Han­iff Ben­jamin  said the au­thor­i­ty was still await­ing the re­sults of a his­tol­ogy re­port from the au­top­sy.

It’s reported that the tod­dler was found un­re­spon­sive at the Bridge of Hope Chil­dren’s Home   Ju­ly 4.

According to Benjamin, 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.

Benjamin stressed that   there should not be a re­peat of the in­ci­dent.

“The likes of this should nev­er hap­pen again,” the chairman said while adding that   the au­thor­i­ty was al­so con­cerned about the safe­ty of chil­dren dur­ing the va­ca­tion pe­ri­od.

Since the start of the holiday period, he said   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.

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