: 5 Jan 2021,

11:55

A NURSERY worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after allegedly leaving a three-year-old boy to die on a sweltering 66C bus.

Maliq Nicholas Floyd Namok-Malamoo, known as Meeky, was left strapped to his car seat for six hours in blistering conditions.

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Goodstart employee Dionne Beatrice Grills is being charged with manslaughter following the toddler's death

Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus

Credit: AAP

Bus driver and manager at the centre, Glen Lewis

Credit: AAP

Bus driver Glen Lewis, 45 and colleague Dionne Batrice Gills, 34, who work at the Goodstart nursery, have been charged with manslaughterfollowing the toddler's tragic death last February.

Police suspect the pair collected Meeky from his home and brought him to the centre earlier on in the day but didnt bring him inside with them.

Cairns Post reported that Mr Lewis had allegedly told ambulance officer Jermemy Neal: 'I can't believe I have done this.

Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus

He then said: I thought I'd done the headcounts. I have had meetings all day.

"I thought there was a funny smell in the car when I was driving to the school.

Mr Neal then also claimed that Mr Lewis said: I'll never see my kids again. What's going to happen now? They're going to come and kill me. My boss said don't talk to the police.

Another ambulance officer claimed that Mr Lewis repeatedly said that his life would be over, and expressed his sadness that his best mate had died.

Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard allegations Lewis and Grills signed in Meeky more than two hours before the bus arrived at the daycare centre.

Police records allege the boy had been signed in by Lewis at 7:35am on the Goodstart Early learning Centres sign-in system.

Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus

But Meeky was not collected from his home until the bus arrived at 9:15am, and CCTV footage shows the bus did not arrive at the centre until 9:33am.

Timeline of Meeky's tragic dea

Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus
Nursery worker screamed I cant believe Ive done this after leaving toddler, 3, to die on sweltering 66C bus