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Parents plead guilty to manslaughter after son dies in hot car in Rotorua

The parents of a baby who died after being left in a car for several hours in the sun have pled guilty to his manslaughter. 

Shane Christopher Neil and Lacey-Marie Te Whetu, parents of 8-month-old Isaiah Neil, entered their pleas at the Rotorua High Court on Thursday.

The now-separated couple admitted to failing to perform their duties to provide the necessaries of life and take reasonable steps to protect him from injury, NZME reported. 

Isaiah died at his grandparents home in Ruatoki, Bay of Plenty on November 2015 when he was left in a vehicle for several hours in the sun. 

His father eventually found him but failed to contact emergency services immediately. 

Justice Sally Fitzgerald entered manslaughter convictions and issued a first strike against the pair. 

Neil’s lawyer Roger Laybourn said his client had never tried to minimise his failings. 

“He knows it will haunt him for the rest of his life, he’s devastated,” Laybourn said.

The pair were on bail and would reappear in the Rotorua High Court in May for sentencing.