Weekend Reads Stepdad guilty over boy's water park drowning

20:06  05 december  2017
20:06  05 december  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Paul Smith pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court over the death of five-year-old Charlie Dunn. Charlie was found underwater in a 1.4m deep lagoon by children at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire in July last year.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who was found drowned at a water park had been allowed to "go off by himself" by his mother and stepfather because he was too scared to go in the water , a court has heard. Charlie Dunn was pulled from a lagoon after his stepdad Paul Smith was allegedly seen smoking and

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A man who left his stepson alone for hours at a water park has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

Paul Smith pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court over the death of five-year-old Charlie Dunn.

Charlie was found underwater in a 1.4m deep lagoon by children at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire in July last year.

Smith, 36, had denied any wrong-doing over Charlie's death but he changed his plea during his trial.

Prosecutor Mary Prior QC said Charlie had been "left alone in a busy park at five years old in circumstances where there was a clear and obvious risk that he might come to very serious harm leading to his death".

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The stepdad of a five-year-old boy who was found drowned in a children' s pool at a water park has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. Paul Smith, 36, had denied any wrongdoing over the death of little Charlie Dunn - who was said to be "terrified" of water - last summer.

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She said Dunn and Smith had shown "ingrained and entrenched indifference" and "a gross failure to supervise not for seconds, and not for a few minutes, but for protracted periods of time."

The jury been told that on the day Charlie died, Smith was shouting: "For f***s sake, we're ready to go. I don't know where he f****** is."

Charlie's mother also admitted to multiple charges of neglect in separate incidents to that in which the boy died.

28-year-old Lynsey Dunn admitted to a charge connected to failing to supervise Charlie in an incident between 2014 and 2016, which resulted in the child being found in a pedal car next to a busy road.

She also pleaded guilty to another charge of neglect relating to another child, who could not be named, in the summer of 2015.

Smith also admitted witness intimidation in connection with another incident relating to Charlie.

The pair will be sentenced on December 20.


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