Deklan Babington-MacDonald, 6, died after an incident with a toy at his Nerang home in April 2021. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied
A Queensland coroner will determine whether a theme park toy involved in the tragic death of a six-year-old boy can be returned to shelves.
Gold Coast boy Deklan Babington-MacDonald died on April 30, days after a “tragic accident” at his home in Nerang which was said to have involved a penguin toy purchased from SeaWorld.
Now, Queensland Police have confirmed that they have concluded their investigation and referred their reports to the Coroner’s Court.
“The matter has now been finalised from a police perspective,” a QPS spokeswoman said.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald died after an accident with a toy in April this year. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Police were not treating the death as suspicious, but the Child Protection Unit carried out an investigation and also prepared a report for the coroner.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) told the ABC
an investigation into the toy had taken place, and its report would be provided to the coroner after a request.
“Following a request for information about this issue from the coroner, the OFT provided a response outlining its findings,” a spokesperson said.
“The matter is still before the coroner for consideration”
Deklan suffered a “severe” injury on Anzac Day when he was found unconscious in his bedroom by his mother after playing alone. It’s understood his heart stopped beating for about 30 minutes.
Queensland Police say they have wrapped up their investigation and passed a report on to the Queensland Coroner’s Court. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
The boy’s grandparents, who live across the road, rushed over and performed CPR before he was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital. He was eventually transferred to the Queensland Children’s Hospital where he was placed on life support for a number of days.
According to his family, Deklan had become caught in the leash attached to the toy, after the pole it was connected to “came loose”.
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“It broke and turned into basically a long ripe with a loop on the end… In a very short amount of time, Deklan became entangled,” his cousin Lea Williams told NCA NewsWire at the time.
The toy was seized by police as part of their investigation, and the product was stripped from Sea World’s shelves.