NT Police investigating death of infant in Tennant Creek

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Cops, News | 0 comments

NT Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant in Tennant Creek Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a call at a residence in Tennant Creek at 9:17am where the infant was found in an unresponsive condition.

Paramedics transported the child to the Tennant Creek Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later, police said.

“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of the child are underway, NT Police spokesman Rob Cross said in a statement.

“No further information is available at this stage.”

Tennant Creek has faced intense scrutiny in recent years, since the rape of a two-year-old sparked national outrage and a visit from then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, launching inquiries into a spate of child abuse incidences in 2018.

A report from the NT Children’s Commissioner Report released in May 2018 found the Department of Territory Families had revealed that fifteen other children have also been removed from their families by child protection workers after the rape of the girl.

She also found that the abuse was a foreseeable risk that could have been managed or mitigated. 

Reports of domestic violence and child abuse in Tennant Creek have become routine over the last two years.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner was in the town over the weekend to announce the opening of a new family and child care centre which he said would “deliver crucial support services to vulnerable children, young people and their families”.

Mr Gunner tied the new child centre to his government’s response to the Royal Commission into the detention of children in the NT.

“We have made significant changes to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families,” Mr Gunner said in a statement on Sunday.

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