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Negligent parents are not jailed

THE PARENTS of a child who died in August 2008 in Košice were found guilty of negligent death but the court did not jail them, rather ordering a three-year suspended sentence plus probation, the Sme daily reported.

THE PARENTS of a child who died in August 2008 in Košice were found guilty of negligent death but the court did not jail them, rather ordering a three-year suspended sentence plus probation, the Sme daily reported.

The couple’s 21-month-old son died at the Luník IX housing complex in Košice. The report of a forensic specialist stated that the boy was born in good health and left the hospital in similar condition but had died from a serious form of malnutrition, typical for some third world countries.

Sme wrote that the child apparently had never left his apartment, that his only food was oatmeal, and that he weighed just 7 kilograms at the time of his death, about 60 percent of the average weight for that age.

Sme added that the boy was not a registered patient of any paediatrician and did not receive any of the required vaccinations.

The parents will remain on supervised probation for an additional five years after completion of their three-year suspended sentences.


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