16 Apr 2015

DHB vows support for colleague

7:20 pm on 16 April 2015

Whanganui District Health Board is refusing to say whether a staff member who faces a manslaughter charge over the death of a toddler on hospital grounds has been stood down.

Whanganui Hospital

Whanganui Hospital Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

The 35-year-old woman appeared in court briefly in relation to the death of the 16-month-old who died in January.

She was remanded at large to reappear in the High Court at Whanganui on 6 May.

Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Julie Patterson said this afternoon that she felt for her colleague and would continue to support her and her family through the challenging time ahead.

Ms Patterson thanked the police for the thoroughness of their investigation and sensitive approach with hospital staff.

The woman has been granted interim name suppression and Judge David Cameron also suppressed the name and occupation of her husband.

Police had earlier refused to confirm reports the toddler died after being left in a hot car in the hospital grounds.

Today they said they would be making no further comment as the case was now before the courts.