Baby found dead in bucket of water sparks negligence concern

The death of a 13-month-old baby girl in Maʻufanga on Monday 21 has sparked negligence concern.

Police alleged the cause of death was an apparent drowning after the baby’s body  was found in a bucket of water.

The baby died while she was rushed to hospital, local media report.

An investigation was underway while Police were awaiting medical report.

The incident took its toll on parents who called Radio Tonga Broadcom talkback show on Tuesday.

Some callers wanted to know what the law says about child neglect while others said they wanted to make sure Police would hold those responsible for the incident accountable.

The callers concern became heated after it has been revealed a five-year-old child went missing at the Fāʻonelua park on Monday 14.

It has been alleged the child was told to stay at the park while their parent left for an outlet.

No further details were available regarding that case and it was not immediately clear whether it was referred to Police or not.

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