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Charges over Charlie Dunn Bosworth Water Park lake death

Charlie Dunn Image copyright Family Handout
Image caption Charlie Dunn's family called him the Milkybar Kid and Joe 90

The mother and stepfather of a five-year-old boy who drowned in a lake have been charged with his manslaughter.

Charlie Dunn, from Tamworth, was found submerged in a paddling area while on a day out at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire on 23 July.

Lynsey Dunn, 28, and Paul Smith, 36, have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

They are also accused of seven child neglect offences alleged to have taken place between April 2012 and July 2016.

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In addition, Mr Smith has been charged with two counts of witness intimidation alleged to have taken place in March 2016 and June 2017; one count of threats to damage or destroy property by fire in June 2017; and eight driving offences that are alleged to have taken place in January and June 2017.

Both defendants, of Caledonian, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court earlier and are due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 5 July.

Ms Dunn was released on bail and Mr Smith was remanded in custody.

Charlie's step-grandmother previously told the BBC that the family called him the Milkybar Kid and Joe 90 because of how he looked.

"He was very loving, always happy, he was brilliant at his schoolwork," said Sharon Robinson.

"His mum has got his school report and he was outstanding on his school report. It's a shame because he had a lot of future in front of him."

Image caption Charlie Dunn was found submerged in an area known as the Blue Lagoon

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