Stepdad guilty over boy’s water park drowning

A man who left his stepson alone for hours at a water park has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

Paul Smith pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court over the death of five-year-old Charlie Dunn.

Charlie was found underwater in a 1.4m deep lagoon by children at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire in July last year.

Smith, 36, had denied any wrong-doing over Charlie’s death but he changed his plea during his trial.

The jury been told that on the day Charlie died, Smith was shouting: “For f***s sake, we’re ready to go. I don’t know where he f****** is.”

Charlie’s mother also admitted to multiple charges of neglect in separate incidents to that in which the boy died.

28-year-old Lynsey Dunn admitted to a charge connected to failing to supervise Charlie in an incident between 2014 and 2016, which resulted in Charlie being found in a pedal car next to a busy road.

She also pleaded guilty to another charge of neglect relating to another child, who could not be named, in the summer of 2015.

Smith also admitted witness intimidation in connection with another incident relating to Charlie.

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The pair will be sentenced on December 20.

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