Chairman of the Children’s Authority Haniff Benjamin said a committee has been set up to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a four-year-old child at a children’s home.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Benjamin said the authority was still awaiting the results of a histology report from the autopsy on the body of a four-year-old child.
The toddler was found unresponsive at the Bridge of Hope Children’s Home in Sangre Grande on July 4.
Benjamin said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the four-year-old is currently underway.
He said 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.
But the chairman of the Children’s Authority said there should not be a repeat of the incident.
“The likes of this should never happen again,” said Benjamin.
The chairman said the authority was also concerned about the safety of children during the vacation period.
Already 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.