Six month-old baby death, parents charged

A couple arrested over the death of their six-month-old baby son who died from dehydration and malnutrition, were released on bail on February 24.

The baby's mother, Siulolo Mafi, 28, and her husband, ‘Iteni Latu, 32, were arrested on February 18 and were eventually charged with child neglect and manslaughter.

Magistrate Salesi Mafi ruled that the couple have to be bailed out $1000 each and have to re-appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate Court on March 31.

Mafi also ordered that 'Iteni Latu had to surrender his passport.

On February 18 police received complaint from hospital authority saying the baby died as a result of his parents allegedly failed to seek medical assistance while he was sick on January 30.

The baby suffered from diarrhea and was vomiting police said.

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