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Mum makes police complaint after son died in river

Credit: Family photo

A mother has criticised police for their handling of the death of her 13-year-old son.

Christopher Kapessa was found dead in a rive near Mountain Ash earlier this month.

A discrimination complaint against the force has been lodged by anti-racism charity The Monitoring Group on behalf of Christopher Kapessa's mother, Alina Joseph.

It is unacceptable that South Wales Police within 24 hours of this incident were quick to imply that Christopher Kapessa untimely death was an accident even before there had been a thorough investigation into the events and circumstances that lead to this tragedy. We call for a full Police investigation into the death of Christopher as well as a full investigation into the failures of not only South Wales Police but other authorities who have also failed this family.

– Hilary Brown, Race Alliance Wales

South Wales Police have been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and they say they'll co-operate fully with the investigation.