WA parents face court on child neglect charges after death of six-month-old son

A Collie mother and father have been charged with neglecting their six-month-old baby boy after he died in hospital on Wednesday.

Child abuse squad detectives charged Maraea Te Oke Mae Hunia, 31, and Jahley Poata, 30, on Thursday, with the pair appearing in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

Maraea Hunia from Collie in WA’s South West, has been charged with child neglect alongside her partner Jahley Poata.Credit:Facebook

On September 26, their baby, named Jahley after his father, was admitted to Collie Hospital before being transferred to Perth Children’s Hospital due to his poor condition.

However, the baby died in the Perth hospital on October 5.

His parents are each charged with one count of having the care and control of a child and engaging in conduct knowing that conduct may result in harm to the child.

In court, prosecutors alleged the parents failed to provide medical, therapeutic or remedial treatment to the baby between June 1 and September 27.

The pair appeared in custody and their lawyers each said a bail application would not be made. They were remanded until Tuesday, when they will each appear via video link.

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