The Northern Star

What will I tell his mother?

THE carer responsible for Travis McCarron on the day of his death was distraught and making emotional admissions to a paramedic as she was taken to the Tweed Hospital by ambulance, the Murwillumbah Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

On day two of the inquest in to the 21-month-old's death, NSW Ambulance paramedic Michael Young revealed carer Donna Devenny told him she didn't know what to say to Travis' mother; that she didn't usually take children to Russell Way Park at South Tweed Heads and that Travis was interested in nearby ducks when they arrived at the park.

Later, startling evidence was delivered by Ms Devenny herself that she had actually visited the park with children up to 60 times.

From the stand, Mr Young was questioned by Donna Ward, counsel assisting the coroner, about the conversation he had with Ms Devenny in the ambulance on April 11 last year.

Mr Young, who is also a paramedic educator, said he had been at Tweed Heads for training purposes and attended the scene of the incident to assist local paramedics as they worked to save Travis.

They were performing CPR after Travis had been found floating face-up in the water of a sediment pond about 36 metres from play equipment.

When the child was taken to Tweed Hospital, Mr Young drove Ms Devenny there in an ambulance.

He told the court Ms Devenny was 'distraught' and 'physically upset' on the journey.

As he was driving, he said Ms Devenny told him:

  • “I thought I could do this job.”
  • “What am I going to tell the (patient's) mother?”
  • “I never take the kids to this park ... we usually go to another park.”

He also said she talked about Travis being interested in nearby ducks.

The inquiry continues today.

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