Woman charged after toddler drowned
A woman has appeared in the Palmerston North District Court charged with the manslaughter of a toddler.
The Levin woman did not enter a plea yesterday and was bailed until an appearance in the High Court later this month. Her name is suppressed until then.
A statement from police Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said the pre-school aged child allegedly drowned in a bath at the woman's home.
In court, police did not oppose her bail nor defence lawyer Steve Winter's application for name suppression.
The child died last year.
Mr Sheridan said he could not comment on the case further as it was now before the courts.
The Levin woman's arrest follows the acquittal in the High Court last week of a Wellington mother charged with the manslaughter of her 13-month-old son.
The boy drowned in the bath in his home last November, while his mother spoke on phone to her parents for eight minutes.
Figures from Water Safety New Zealand show four children under 2 have drowned in baths in the past five years.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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