Prospect couple charged with manslaughter

A couple has been charged with manslaughter following the death of their son two years ago.

The man, 56, and woman, 41, went to a “self-healing conference” with their six-year-old son at a facility on Park Road, Hurstville between April 22 to 28, 2015, according to NSW Police.

Just before 10pm on April 28, 2015, emergency services were called to a nearby hotel on Forest Road, Hurstville, following reports a boy was found unconscious.

Paramedics performed CPR at the scene but the child could not be revived.

The Sun understands the boy’s death was linked to “slapping therapy” courses run by Chinese national Hongchi Xiao.

Mr Xiao was questioned and released after the child’s death. His controversial practices have since been linked to the death of a 71-year-old woman in south-west England.

St George police launched an investigation spanning nearly two years.

The couple were arrested yesterday at their home in Upwey Street, Prospect, and taken to Blacktown Police Station, where they were charged with manslaughter.

The woman was granted conditional bail and was due to appear at Blacktown Local Court today.

The man was also granted conditional bail, and is due to appear at Penrith Local Court on May 12.

Their names can not be released due to legal issues with identifying the child victim.

Inquiries are continuing and police are still looking to speak to some people.

It is not yet known whether Mr Xiao is being sought by police or if he will face any charges.

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