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.