Sunday 15 December, 2019

Cops to question bus driver in 3-yr-old's death

A 31-year-old woman, who was driving the bus in which three-year-old Isaiah Hazel was found last Thursday, is expected to be questioned today.

The woman, who is from Perseverance Village, Couva, was hospitalised since the incident on Thursday, having suffered a severe panic attack upon seeing the three-year-old’s body.

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On Tuesday, she was officially discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital.

As a result, investigators are to question the woman today.

Hazel will be laid to rest tomorrow after a funeral at the Mt Moriah Spiritual Baptiste Church in California.

An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Center in St James confirmed that the three-year-old died as a result of hyperthermia.

This is a condition caused by extreme heat and dehydration.

There were no marks of violence.

Hazel, who lived with his family along Trotman Road, McBean Village, died on Thursday, was pronounced dead at the Couva District Health facility at 3pm on Thursday. 

He had been found in a bus at about 1.45pm that day.

Police were told the child was last seen alive at 9.30 am that day.

He was in a vehicle with other children who had been dropped to an Early Childhood Center located along the Southern Main Road, Couva.

It is believed that Hazel fell asleep while being transported to school and his presence went unnoticed by the 31-year-old bus driver, who continued about her routine.

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