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Tragic boy (8) was victim of scurvy

By Benjamin Wright

An eight-year-old boy died of scurvy, a coroner has ruled.

Pembrokeshire Coroner's Court heard Dylan Mungo Seabridge, from west Wales, died from the disease shortly after being taken to hospital more than three years ago.

His parents Glynn (47) and Julie (46) were initially arrested on suspicion of neglect.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service later dropped the charges against the couple.

An inquest in Milford Haven heard how the youngster was rushed to hospital after suddenly collapsing on December 6, 2011.

The hearing was told neither Mr or Mrs Seabridge had contacted doctors in the run-up to their son's collapse because they believed he was suffering from growing pains.

Dylan was taken to hospital but died after going into cardiac arrest. Pembrokeshire Coroner's Court confirmed Dylan's cause of death was given as scurvy and coroner Mark Layton had recorded an open conclusion into the death.

The decision comes three months after criminal charges against the boy's parents were dropped.

They had been accused of neglect by failing to seek adequate medical treatment. The CPS discontinued proceedings on "public interest grounds".

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