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A Far North Queensland court has heard the former manager of a childcare centre, charged with manslaughter over the death of a toddler inside the centre's minibus, allegedly told a paramedic he "killed the child".

Key points:

The three-year-old's body was found on the childcare centre bus last February

Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus

Police allege Michael Glenn Lewis and Dionne Batrice Grills failed to take the boy off the bus

The first paramedic on the scene gave evidence at Ms Grills committal hearing

The body of three-year-old Malik Nicholas Floyd Namok-Malamoo was found on a Goodstart Early Learning centre bus at Edmonton, south of Cairns, in February last year.

Police allege he was left on the bus for about six hours before the alarm was raised.

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

It is alleged Mr Lewis was driving the centre minibus when he and Ms Grills, a passenger, collected the boy from his home and brought him to the childcare centre.

They allegedly failed to take him off the bus, despite Malik being the only child on board at the time.

Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus

Dionne Grills leaves Cairns Magistrates Court with barrister Tony Kimmins on January 5, 2021.

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ABC News: Kristy Sexton-McGrath

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This week's committal hearing in Cairns Magistrate Court will determine if there is enough evidence for Ms Grills to go to trial.

Mr Lewis has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court at a date yet to be set.

On Tuesday, the court heard from Jeremy Neal, the first paramedic who arrived on the scene.

Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus

He claims he entered the bus, checked the child, and told Mr Lewis that the child was dead.

Ms Grills's defence barrister, Tony Kimmins, asked Mr Neal if it was true that Mr Lewis said to him immediately after he told him the boy was dead: "I can't believe I hav

Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus
Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he 'killed' child left on bus