Police investigate Savai'i boy's death
Police are investigating the death of a Year 11 boy from a college in Savai'i over the weekend.
The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, told the Samoa Observer that Police investigators are making inquiries into allegations that the child died as a result of foul play or having been deliberately harmed.
“There’s an allegation that there is an individual from Savai'i hurting the child that was reported to have died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital,” he said.
But Fuiavailiili said that, so far, based on the information in the Police's possession there is very little evidence to go on in the case.
“We are looking into the matter and doing our investigations right now by interviewing people and looking at documents," he said.
“We are also working together with our office in Savai'i to bring some evidence together to see what really happened.
“But right now we don’t have anyone in custody; we don’t have any evidence to suggest that a murder occurred or manslaughter occurred.”
He added that they are at the preliminary stage of that investigation.
“A death certificate that we have in our possession that we are looking at does not suggest anything else other than it is a medical case.
"From the information that I got from my investigators is that there is no coroner’s inquest that was asked by the doctor on this particular case.
“But we are still digging a little bit more and we will make a conclusion if there is any foul play here or if it is just a natural occurrence.”