THE Edmonton daycare bus driver jointly charged over the death of a young boy left on-board for six hours allegedly told a colleague she checked with the centre director whether he had taken him off the bus.

The body of Maliq (Meeky) Nicholas Floyd Namok-Malamoo, 3, was tragically located inside the minibus belonging to the Edmonton Goodstart Early Learning centre on February 19.

Police have alleged he was left on board alone for about six hours.

Former centre director Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, and former staff member Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, have both been charged with manslaughter.

Police officers attend Hambledon State School at Edmonton, where a 3 year old was found dead in a Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
Police officers attend Hambledon State School at Edmonton, where a 3 year old was found dead in a Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE


Police have alleged Mr Lewis was driving and Ms Grills, who had only started working at the centre a month earlier, was a passenger on the bus which collected 'Meeky' and brought him to the centre.

During a committal hearing for Ms Grills in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday, the court heard evidence from a colleague Cheryl Whittaker who said she spoke to her just after the boy's body was found.

Dionne Grills.(AAP Image / Brian Cassey) ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Dionne Grills.(AAP Image / Brian Cassey) ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY


"She mentioned that she'd spoken to Michael about did he get them off (the bus) and he said he did," she said.

"I didn't realise who or what "them" was at that point but now I know it was Meeky."

Another colleague Helen Bell, who worked casually at the centre and occasionally drove one of the two buses, said she was with Ms Grills when one of the children told them a child was found "asleep on the bus".

Members of the public laid flowers and left teddies at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Edmonton, following the tragic death of a boy, 3, left in a minibus. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
Members of the public laid flowers and left teddies at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Edmonton, following the tragic death of a boy, 3, left in a minibus. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE

She said Ms Grills said to her: "I hope he hasn't done what I think he's done".

Ms Bell told the court that comment was referring to Mr Lewis as he had been driving the bus.

The court has previously heard the boy was initially forgotten on the morning bus run and the pair had to return to his house to collect him.

The Goodstart Early Learning Centre at Edmonton. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
The Goodstart Early Learning Centre at Edmonton. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE

Ms Grills' barrister Tony Kimmins told the court they understood her manslaughter charge stemmed from alleged criminal negligence.

The court was told the regular bus driver Marisol Mathews was on three days leave when the incident took place.

Assistant director Samantha Hembrow said Ms Grills was employed as the out of school hours care co-ordinator and drove one bus, while Mr Lewis drove the other bus while Ms Mathews was away.

The hearing continues on Tuesday.

Originally published as Daycare death tragedy details revealed



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