Toddler's death findings due soon

THE coronial inquest finding into Banora Point toddler Travis McCarron's death will be handed down at Tweed Heads on Thursday.

After almost two weeks of evidence earlier this year, NSW Deputy Coroner Paul McMahon is now ready to deliver his widely anticipated decision.

It is expected to have wide ranging implications for Family Day Care associations across the state.

The 21-month-old tragically died in a pond at Russell Way Park, Vintage Lakes, Tweed Heads South on April 11, 2008 while under the care and supervision of the Tweed Shire Family Day Care Association (TSFDCA).

The inquest began in late April at Murwillumbah and then continued at Tweed Heads over the course of another week.

More time was needed to hear all the evidence and the inquest continued at Sydney in the first week of August.

The decision will come as the Department of Community Services (DoCS) prepares its criminal case against the TSFDCA.

DoCS has charged the association with three breaches of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

It is alleged that TSFDCA did not maintain satisfactory safety procedures, did not obtain written authorisation from parents for the April 11 excursion and failed to maintain the minimum adult-to-child ratio for an excursion close to a water hazard.

All charges have the aggravating factor that Travis died on the day of the alleged breaches.

The criminal case has been adjourned until November 8 at Sydney's Downing Centre court houses so Mr McMahon's findings can be taken into account.



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