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Man arrested in relation to death of a Singleton toddler 15 years ago

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Detectives have arrested a man in Sydney's west in relation to the death of a toddler more than 15 years ago in the Hunter Region.

Jordan William Thompson was aged 21 months old when his mum, Bernice Swales, ran various errands and left him in the care of her then partner during the afternoon of March 19 2005.

When she returned home, Jordan was unresponsive.

The toddler was rushed across the road to Singleton Base Hospital but could not be revived.

Police were informed Jordan had been found face down in the bathtub. However, a post-mortem later found high levels of a prescription medication used to treat depression in his system.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Kyeama to investigate the circumstances surrounding Jordan’s death.

A Coronial Inquest commenced in 2008 and resumed in 2015, with Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott finding in 2018 that Jordan died because he had been deliberately administered anti-depressant medication.

Following further extensive investigations and a NSW Government $100,000 reward for information, detectives arrested a 49-year-old man at a home at Doonside about 5pm today.

He has been taken to Blacktown Police Station where charges are expected to be laid.