A SEVEN-year-old boy has been found dead from drowning at a New Zealand childcare centre.
Auckland Police confirmed the death and said no further action would be taken. The child was found in a pool at the centre on North Road, Valiot, in the Auckland suburb of Manukau.
Police said they were called to the office shortly after 10.30am and the boy was discovered lying face down, face down in the water.
“He was immediately extricated and taken to Ngati Kahungunu Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.05pm,” a police spokesperson said.
The head of the place, Fiona Garratt, told the New Zealand Herald that three other children were at the centre with two toddlers and a parent, which contributed to the incident.
However she had hoped that the incident would have been handled differently.
“I’d love to hear if there had been any more safety measures,” she said.
“Because the parents and teachers are two out of the centre, they’d have had extra backup.”
The official cause of death has not yet been released, but police said they were working with the principal and an ambulance officer who visited the scene to “understand the situation”.
New Zealand’s education minister, Simon Bridges, was briefed by police and assured him the incident would not impact on school education.
“This is a tragic situation which does unfortunately reflect on all New Zealanders but I am sure we will all find solace and harmony in the knowledge that everyone is being assisted and that all involved will be assessed thoroughly.”
The Regional Commander for Auckland, Superintendent Doug Carter, said: “The incident has happened at a childcare centre on North Road and Auckland, at the moment we are working with the local community and enquiries are ongoing.”
Police would also be contacting the child’s parents.