Man refused to get medical help for son, 11, who complained of snakebite, charged with manslaughter

Tristian Frahm told his father Kerrod Frahm that he had been bitten by a snake but he disregarded his concern

Man refused to get medical help for son, 11, who complained of snakebite, charged with manslaughter
Tristian Frahm's body was found lifeless on November 20, 2021(The RED HEART Campaign/Facebook)
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MURGON, QUEENSLAND: A man has been charged with manslaughter for failing to seek medical attention after his 11-year-old son was bitten at his friend's property in Australia. Tristian Frahm died at Murgon in Queensland’s South Burnett region on November 20, 2021, after allegedly reporting that he was bitten by a snake. However, 31-year-old Kerrod Frahm refused to seek aid and completely ignored the young one's complaints. 

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Authorities reveal that the pair were meeting a friend in Murgon, a rural town more than 125 miles North West of Brisbane when Tristian pleaded for help. With the boy's complaints being totally disregarded, they allegedly went to bed sometime after. However, Tristian got up later that night to throw up as he was sick.

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Tristian's body was found lifeless the following day, as reported by The Courier Mail. While the relationship between the pair has not been specified, The Sun claims them to be, in fact, father and son. 

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Cops accuse Kerrod of not taking the youngster's words seriously. He was charged on Tuesday, November 8, following a 12-month police investigation called Operation Uniform Weft established to look into the boy's death, according to ABC.

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Following Tristian's death, his family and loved ones paid tribute and called him a "little hero." "I’m so beyond lost for words and the heartbreak is unimaginable. I’m still in disbelief. I couldn’t be any luckier to have had a nephew like you," his aunt wrote about Tristian. "Thank you for making me an aunty. I love you more than I ever thought possible. I’m missing you more and more every minute. There’ll be a you-sized hole in my heart forever," she concluded. The woman also expressed her grief at the hearing of the case. 

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Kerrod is due to appear at the Murgon Magistrates Court on December 6.

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