Charges follow newborn's death

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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The parents of a 10-day-old baby have been charged with manslaughter after they allegedly failed to get medical care for their sick newborn, police say.

The couple were charged on January 31 but are yet to appear in court.

Head of New Plymouth's CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said yesterday police alleged the couple committed manslaughter as a result of neglecting their legal duty to provide the necessaries of life for their child, who died in August when it was 10 days old.

The police allege it was evident when the baby was born it had serious medical problems "which they neglected to get medical treatment for ", Mr Coward said.

A four-month police investigation followed the death of the baby after which the parents, in their late 40s and from coastal Taranaki, were charged with manslaughter.

No other details would be disclosed because the case was now before the courts, Mr Coward said.

The couple are yet to be given a date for their appearance in the High Court in New Plymouth.

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