Cambodian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a five-month old girl who was incarcerated with her mother at a correction facility in the capital Phnom Penh, a rights group official said Tuesday, calling for protections to ensure such tragedies do not recur.
Tevy—whose name has been changed to hide her identity—died on Jan. 26 from “pneumonia and severe malnutrition,” local rights group Licadho said Tuesday. She had sustained a thigh bone fracture eight days earlier in Correctional Centre 2 (CC2), where her mother was sent for pre-trial detention in mid-2019 for alleged possession of U.S. $2.50 worth of methamphetamine while eight months pregnant.
While it was unclear how the infant had been injured, Licadho said that she was treated for the fracture at the National Children’s Hospital before being sent back to CC2, despite prison staff asking if she and her mother could stay overnight for observation.
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