1. Couple charged with manslaughter over the ‘slapping therapy’ death of their six-year-old son.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) March 15, 2017
A Sydney couple have been charged with manslaughter over the death of their six-year-old son almost two years ago, AAP reports.
The boy was found unconscious at a hotel in Hurstville, in Sydney’s south, after his parents took him to a self-healing conference at a nearby clinic.
It’s believed the boy – who had type 1 diabetes and required insulin injections every single day – was subjected to the controversial Chinese healing technique, which involves slapping the body until it bruises to rid the patient of toxins.
Emergency services were called to the scene in April 2015, where they found the boy unconscious. Ambulance staff said he could not be revived.
The child’s father, 56, and mother, 41, were both charged over his death, police said on Wednesday.
They were granted conditional bail and ware both due to appear before court on separate dates.
Police say inquiries into the incident are continuing and detectives are still looking to speak to a number of people.
2. Mother accused of killing her infant daughter told police her baby was “possessed”.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 15, 2017