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Girl with Down's syndrome found dead in Reims: the investigation for "neglect" closed

2021-10-16T17:21:48.689Z

Solicited by a neighbor, the firefighters had discovered in May a four-year-old girl who died at home, in her room. His mother was



Justice has just decided: the mother of the girl with Down's syndrome, who died at her home in Reims, is not responsible for the death of her child.

The investigation opened for "neglect" after the death of this little four-year-old girl was closed, we learned Saturday from the prosecution.

Alerted by a neighbor, the firefighters found her lying in her bed on May 18.

Her mother, very weak, was prostrate in the living room.

The investigation ruled out suspicions of mistreatment.

The decision to dismiss this open criminal investigation of the count of "neglect of a minor unable to protect themselves, resulting in death", was taken at the end of the summer, the prosecutor told AFP. de Reims Matthieu Bourrette, confirming information from the newspaper L'Union.

The mother, herself disabled and placed under reinforced guardianship, was seriously affected by Covid-19.

To the point of being hospitalized and placed in intensive care.

"No form of neglect"

The investigation did not bring to light "any intentional element" on the part of the mother of the child, said Mr. Bourrette.

Due to her disability and the extremely serious medical situation she was in at the time, "she was not aware of her daughter's condition."

"This child was perfectly monitored academically and medically, there was no form of neglect," he added.

“The autopsy of the child took place on May 19 and no bodily injury was found.

The minor did not seem to be followed in matters of educational assistance, ”declared the prosecutor last May.

According to L'Union, she also suffered from tonsillitis.

The mother of the girl, but also her father, who lives in another region, were informed of the classification without follow-up by associations to help victims.

Source: leparis

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