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Solomon Islands Police investigate death of an infant in Choiseul Province

Solomon Islands Police at Taro Police Station, Choiseul Province is investigating the death of a nine -month-old male infant at Taro, Northwest Choiseul, whose body was found on 16 September 2018.

Police responded to the report of an 18-year-old female who was alleged to have given birth to a child and the child was missing since 13 September 2018.

Police conducted a search for the infant and found the infant concealed under rubbish close to the house of the alleged mother.

The alleged mother of the death infant was questioned by police and likely to be prosecuted for the death of the infant.

Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Choiseul Province, Superintendent Vincent Eria says, “The alleged mother of the death infant is being treated by medical authorities as we are concerned for her health and would be allowed to undergo counselling.”

He adds: “Unless medical cleared her health condition (affected by giving birth) and undergo counselling, police may not continue with its work.”

“This is a sad outcome, the poor infant deserve the right to life and may his soul rest in peace with our good Lord,” says PPC Eria.

“Concealing of the birth of a child, abortion and infanticide are serious crimes. If someone is found guilty by the court for concealing a birth, the maximum sentence is two years in prison and life time in prison if found guilty of abortion and infanticide,” explains PPC Eria.

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