3yo boy found dead on bus in 34C heat, Cairns

Investigations are underway after a three-year-old boy was found dead on a mini-bus in Cairns yesterday.

The Goodstart Early Learning bus was parked out the front of a school on Stokes Street in Edmonton around 3.15pm.

It’s understood that Cairns was going through a bit of a heatwave (34C) yesterday afternoon, though it’s not yet known exactly what caused the death.


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Goodstart Early Learning has now cancelled it’s drop-off and pick-up bus services around the country.

CEO Julia Davison told The Today Show it’s absolutely devastating what’s happened.

“Obviously we will do anything we possibly can to reach out and support the family of the young boy who tragically died yesterday.

“We’ve got counselling services on the ground to support other families and educators, and our friends at Mission Australia have offered their chaplains.

“As you know this is a matter of police investigation and we’re doing everything we possibly can to cooperate with the police.

“We have decided as a precaution – and this has been a very difficult decision for us to make – to not use our busses from later today.

“We want to be conservative, we want to understand, and make sure that we have got every possible procedure in place, that all our staff have received refresher training.

“We obviously don’t know what happened in this particular incident, but we want to be cautious.

“At the same time we’re a not-for-profit that picks up and collects vulnerable children that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to access early learning.

“We just want to make sure we can make everything as safe as possible while still giving the children the access to our early learning,” Ms Davison said.

Cairns detectives from the Child Protection Investigation Unit are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Meantime, a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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