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An eight-month-old child died af­ter fall­ing out from the back seat of a mov­ing ve­hi­cle in Raki­raki yes­ter­day morn­ing. The tragic ac­ci­dent hap­pened at 8am, about 20 me­tres from the tod­dler’s house at Co­lasi, a set­tle­ment sit­u­ated at the back of the Pe­nang Su­gar Mill. Joakim Jalesi Nain­ima died in­stantly af­ter fall­ing on to the gravel road. He was the son of Pe­na­sio Nain­ima, a su­gar mill em­ployee and his wife, Roslyn Mag­nus. The car was be­ing driven by the child’s un­cle, a 28 year old, who is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Raki­raki Mag­is­trates Court this morn­ing. The vic­tim was sit­ting in the back seat with three other chil­dren when he al­legedly fell out of the mov­ing ve­hi­cle from the rear right door. Po­lice were try­ing to as­cer­tain how the tod­dler fell out, as it is be­lieved one of the other three chil­dren was sit­ting near the door. The baby’s par­ents could not be reached for com­ment, as they were at the Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal, where a post mortem was be­ing car­ried out. Other fam­ily mem­bers were too dis­traught to talk.

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