Boy, five, drowned after parents left him alone for two hours in water park, court hears


A five-year-old boy who could not swim drowned in a children’s pool at a water park after his parents left him unsupervised for around two hours, a court heard.

Lynsey Dunn, 28, and Paul Smith, 36, are accused of breaching their duty of care by leaving Charlie Dunn to die in the 4.5ft (1.4m) deep water on July 23 last year.

A court heard the couple were seen standing by the boot of their car as Charlie – who, the inquest heard, was “terrified” of water – played in the small pool without arm-bands.

The toddler’s body was pulled out of the paddling lake by a group of three boys, aged ten and 11, who felt him underneath their feet.

Smith was seen smoking and saying “we’re ready to go. I don’t know where he f—— is” as the couple prepared to leave, jurors were told.

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