Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Daniel Jarvis Cook-Hill

Delivered on 11 June 2014 at Perth.

Finding of Coroner Linton.


The deceased was a 3 year old boy who at the time of his death was under the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Services. The deceased was with another child playing in a caravan which was located in the back yard of the house in which he was residing.

At some stage a fire was ignited in the caravan trapping the two children. Despite efforts made by adult family members they could not rescue the children.

The inquest focused on the care of the deceased in the period leading up to his death as well as the circumstances of his death.

The Coroner found that the deceased had been appropriately placed by the Department into a loving, nurturing and culturally appropriate environment. The Coroner also observed that there was no action that the Department could have taken that might have prevented the deceased’s death.

The Coroner found the deceased died on 12 October 2008 from smoke inhalation and burns and that death occurred by way of an accident.

Catch Words

Department for Child Protection and Family Services : fire : smoke inhalation : caravan : accident.

Last updated: 20 July 2022

[ back to top ]