Distraught uncle of Cairns toddler speaks of family's distress

Distraught uncle of Cairns toddler speaks of family's distress
The uncle of the toddler who died on a daycare bus in Cairns last week has spoken of the family's distress.
The boy, whose name has not been revealed by the family for cultural reasons, died after being left unattended in the bus for hours on a 35C day in Edmonton.
"He was a three-year-old boy who was deeply connected to his siblings, his peers and older children and he played a big part in a very close-knitted family," the boy's uncle Nick said.
The boy's uncle Nick. (9News)
"At present our families are working through a very difficult time in our lives, by supporting, encouraging and looking out for each other.
"For us as a family this is an unprecedented incident and consequently it's affected the larger community.
"That's been demonstrated by the support our families have received and we'd like to thank everyone for their love, support and their prayers."
He thanked police for their support and guidance and asked for privacy.
"From an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective, culturally speaking, our family is now in sorry business," he said.
Dionne Grills outside court. (AAP)
The driver of the bus and a childcare worker have been charged with manslaughter and will appear in court again next month.
Michael Glenn Lewis, the driver of the bus, has been granted bail. (AAP)
A court was yesterday told the pair had picked the boy up from a Mount Sheridan property about 9am, but failed to remove him from the bus, despite it being used for at least one other trip that day.
His body was discovered at 3.15pm by the driver who made a panicked call to triple zero.
The court was also told the boy had been fraudulently signed into the centre's attendance system, possibly so the boy's family and the centre did not lose childcare benefits.
The police investigation is ongoing.