Shocking new details appear about the last hours of the boy who was left behind in a childcare minibus to die
Shocking new details about the last hours of a three-year-old boy who died after allegedly left behind for six hours on a childcare minibus have been revealed in court.
The boy’s body was found last Tuesday at 3.15 p.m. in Edmonton, near Cairns in Queensland, in a tragedy that thrilled the local community.
Bus driver and Goodstart Early Learning Center manager Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, and Goodstart employee Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, are accused of killing the toddler.
Cairns Magistrates Court was told on Monday that the couple had ‘forgotten’ the child twice, the first opportunity during the morning walk.
The boy’s mother, Muriel Namok, called Goodstart to reveal that her son had not been picked up.
When Lewis and Grills returned to take him to daycare, the boy was tied up in a high chair two places behind the driver’s seat – and was the only child on the bus.
Dionne Grills 34, faced with the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday, accused of manslaughter
Cairns bus driver and childcare director Michael Lewis and his colleague Dionne Grills are accused of having a three-year-old boy sit in a suffocating heat for six hours in a daycare bus
Senior Sergeant Maynard Marcum said that the couple had somehow forgotten the boy they should have picked up for a second time.
“It was only one child and somehow in that 3.5 to 4.5 km [to his daycare] the child was forgotten, “said Sen-Sgt Marcum, according to the court The courier post.
“So when they arrived at the children’s center, the child was forgotten again.”
Sen-Sgt Marcum said that Lewis then reportedly drove the bus to a meeting at Bayview Heights while the child was on board.
The toddler reportedly spent the next six hours on the bus while the mercury rose to 36 ° C.
Lewis discovered the boy’s lifeless body at the start of his afternoon school lesson at Hambledon State School at 3 p.m. and immediately called Triple-0.
The court heard that the young boy was placed in a child’s seat, two seats away from the driver of the minibus (photo), but childcare workers would not have turned him off when they left the vehicle
The boy was found in a bus outside the Hambledon State School, just 1.7 km from his daycare center, Goodstart Early Learning, in Edmonton (photo)
What happens to children who stay behind in hot cars?
The bodies of children heat up three to five times faster than the bodies of adults
The younger the child, the more vulnerable they are
On a day of 29 ° C, the temperature in a car can reach 44 ° C in just ten minutes
This can cause ‘serious injury’ and brain damage
After 20 minutes the temperature reaches a fatal 60.2 ° C, which could kill
Turning down the windows or parking in the shade will do little, since it does not affect the car’s core temperature
According to the transcript of the call read to the court, Lewis said to the emergency operator: “Oh my god, this child is dead.
“The child has been left on the bus all day. I’m sorry, buddy.
“I’m going to jail. Oh my god, my whole life is over. ”
The court also heard that allegations Lewis had signed “fraudulently” with the young boy more than two hours before the bus arrived at the day care center.
The police claim that the boy was registered by Lewis last Tuesday at 7.35 am on the electronic registration system of the Goodstart.
However, the boy was only picked up at his home by the bus at 9.15 am and camera footage showed that the bus did not arrive at the day care center at 9.33 am.
The shattered family (photo) of the young boy was in Cairns Magistrates Court and heard the shocking details of their last moments of love
Police claim that Lewis – who had been bailed by the Magistrates Court – received benefits that were funded by the taxpayer as part of the “fraudulent” application process.
Earlier on Tuesday, his colleague Grills – who had worked in the daycare center for less than a month – was also in court.
The police claim that Grills was on the bus with Mr Lewis in the morning, before the center manager made the grim discovery when he returned to the vehicle later that afternoon.
Grills was given strict conditional bail and is forbidden to contact her former colleagues, her fellow suspect or the family of the deceased child, except through her lawyers.
The grim discovery was made on Tuesday at 3:15 pm in Stokes Street, Edmonton, in Far North Queensland. Pictured: the scene where the police are investigating
Investigators investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child
She was ordered to return to court on March 18.
The shattered family of the young boy was in court for the short session.
A family member told the ABC they were ‘distraught’ about what had happened and called the young victim a ‘happy little boy’.
‘We are all desperate at the moment. We just can’t believe this happened. We just want answers, “said Thomas Namok.
“The last few days were just awful, but everyone [in the family] will continue to support each other.
“He was just a happy little boy … we would always smile when he was around. That is what I remember from him. It becomes sad that he will no longer be there. ”
Earlier on Tuesday, Acting Inspector Jason Smith spoke with reporters out of court and said the charges were to answer the boy’s destroyed family.
“The homicide charge refers to an act or mission that is negligent and has caused the death of another person,” he said.
“The family is pretty sad and very upset about this. And hopefully they now get the answers they need. “
Goodstart has formally set the two workers aside. The collection and return services will remain suspended nationally and the center of Edmonton will be closed.
THE TRAGIC TIME LINE OF BOY DEATH:
7.35am: Michael Glenn Lewis, manager of the Edmonton Goodstart Early Learning Center, fraudulently checks the boy for the electrical registration system.
8:30 am: The boy’s mother calls to ask if he can be picked up because he was not picked up during the first morning walk.
09:15: Lewis and his colleague Dionne Batrice Grills pick up the boy from his house on the minibus.
09:33: The bus goes to the day care center, but the boy – who is trapped in a baby seat, two seats away from the front door – never gets out, despite being clearly visible.
**During the day the temperature rises to 36 ° C in the Cairns area.
02:45: The bus leaves for the afternoon ride, with the boy still in his seat.
03:00: Lewis makes a desperate call to Triple-0 and says to the operator: “Oh my god, this boy is dead”