The father of an Australian boy who died of a snakebite last year was charged with manslaughter for allegedly ignoring his son’s injury until it was too late, authorities said.

Tristan Frahm, 11, died on Nov. 20, 2021, just hours after being bitten by the reptile at a friend’s house near Murgon, Queensland, reported

A year-long investigation into the incident called Operation Uniform Weave subsequently revealed that Tristan pleaded with his father, Kerrod Frahm, 31, for help as his symptoms worsened, only to be dismissed. He was later found unresponsive outside the family’s home.

Frahm was officially charged with manslaughter Monday night, and was expected to appear in the Murgon Magistrates Court on Dec. 6.

According to the Australian Criminal Law Group, if convicted, Frahm could face the maximum penalty of up to 25 years’ imprisonment.

Kerrod Frahm, center, with son Tristan.
Kerrod Frahm (center) with son Tristan.
Tristan's father allegedly ignored his son's worsening symptoms.
Tristan’s father allegedly ignored his son’s worsening symptoms.

Relative Gemma Thorley paid tribute to Tristan on Facebook shortly after his death, calling the blond boy a “little hero.”

“I’m so beyond lost for words and the heartbreak is unimaginable. I’m still in disbelief. I couldn’t be any luckier to have had a nephew like you,” she wrote. “Thank you for making me an aunty. I love you more than I ever thought possible. I’m missing you more and more every minute. There’ll be a you-sized hole in my heart forever.”

Although Australians are no strangers to dangerous snakes, only two people die from venomous bites on average every year, reported. Another 30,000 are typically bitten annually, but these victims are quickly treated and make full recoveries. 

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