Stepfather who left boy, five, on his own at a water park for hours before his lifeless body was found in 4ft-deep lagoon by other children ADMITS manslaughter after dramatically changing his plea
A stepfather who left his five-year-old stepson alone for hours at a water park has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence. Paul Smith (top right), 36, had denied any wrong-doing in relation to the death of Charlie Dunn (inset) but changed his plea part-way through the Birmingham Crown Court trial on Tuesday. Charlie, who could not swim, was found submerged in the 4.5ft-deep Blue Lagoon lake (bottom right) at Bosworth Water Park near Hinckley, Leicestershire, in July 2016. Charlie’s mother Lynsey Dunn, 28, (outside court today, left) admitted two counts of child cruelty – relating to two incidents before Charlie’s death – and the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the manslaughter proceedings against her.