Police are investigating after an eight-year-old boy died when he fell from a moving caravan.
The child fell off the mobile home while it was being towed by another vehicle along Edith Farms Road in the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine, Australia, on Sunday.
Police were called to the scene at noon where the boy was found with serious injuries.
He was rushed to Katherine District Hospital, but tragically was pronounced dead.
An investigation has now been launched into the incident, with both Major Crash Investigation detectives and local detectives looking into what happened.
Two vehicles involved in the incident, a white Mazda ute and a white Roma caravan, have been seized by police.
It’s the second death of a child in Katherine in the space of week after an Aboriginal baby girl died while her mother was in police custody.
The 21-year-old woman was arrested last Sunday at a home in Katherine East, following reports of “quarrelling”.
Officers left the baby and the woman’s other daughter, five, in the house with their father and grandfather who had both been drinking.
Northern Territory police are not treating the five-month-old baby’s death as suspicious, but say a report into the infant’s death will be prepared for the Coroner.
A thorough investigation into the tragedy is underway.
The baby’s death has prompted criticism from Aboriginal rights groups, who say police need to make sure children are left in appropriate care if one of their parents is arrested.
“When they are taking someone into custody, they need to be aware of who else is involved with that person — if they have young children, if they have babies, and they should be responsible to place those young children into the care of a responsible adult who can care for them properly,” North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency CEO Priscilla Atkins said.