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Boy, 5, found dead in the street wearing just his underwear 'after being punished by his father for wetting the bed'

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has been found dead after he was allegedly punished by his dad for "wetting the bed".

The little boy, who has not been named, was discovered last night by a canal in just his underwear near his home in Aire-sur-la-Lys in northern France.

He died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The boy's parents were arrested after police discovered the child had been physically abused before he died.

French cops believe he was punished by his parents for wetting the bed before his death.

The boy’s dad, 30, and his 20-year-old mum, 20, reportedly called an ambulance after finding the youngster unconscious just 200 yards from the couple's home.

A police spokesman told Le Parisien: "The investigation must determine whether the child died of cold, if this is the result of a fall, or a case of abuse.”

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The prosecutor of the Republic of Saint-Omer, Patrick Leleu, said: “A child of five years died in suspicious conditions as to the explanations that have been given, with a medical reason not established at this time.

“The suspicious conditions of this death led us to put the parents in custody on suspicion of violence causing death.”

Last month, a 16-year-old boy was found “cowering” in bushes in Scotland after reportedly escaping from human traffickers.

The Vietnamese teenager is believed to have been taken to Russia before he came to the UK.

Chief Superintendent Grant Manders said it is thought he escaped from a vehicle and ran for an hour before he was found  in West Dunbartonshire on January 16, STV News reported.

Officers reportedly said he was in a “distressed” state when he was found and has since been taken into care.

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