Echuca mother Kerry-Anne Falkingham has spoken about losing her son, Joshua, and the recent inquest in to his death.RHIANNON HORRELL July 16, 2014 3:48am
‘‘He was always a happy and bubbly little thing.’’
That is how Echuca mother Kerry-Anne Falkingham is remembering her son Joshua James Moore, 3, who drowned in Gunbower Creek in 2010.
A coroner released his findings into the death last month, stating that the boy, who was staying at a friend’s house, was being well supervised at the time.
The findings stated that on October 1, 2010, Ms Falkingham was visited by friend Sandie Young and her son, also aged 3.
The mothers agreed Ms Young would take Joshua for the night so the boys could be taken to Gunbower races the following day and use the jumping castle.
Ms Young and her partner Brett Llewellyn lived on Dormoyle Rd, next to Gunbower Creek.
Early the following morning, the two young boys left the house through a back door and made their way down to the creek, where Joshua subsequently drowned.
Speaking to the Riv yesterday, Ms Falkingham said she was pleased with the coroner’s findings, but said she ‘‘still felt empty’’.
‘‘(Joshua) was always a happy and bubbly little thing. He only ever had a tantrum for a good reason.’’
She remembered him as having an inquisitive and logical mind.
‘‘You’d just give him a screwdriver and he’d start unscrewing things.
‘‘He’d sit there for hours, focused on one thing.
‘‘It took me quite a while to snap back to reality (after Joshua’s death).’’
She said her daughter reminded her of Joshua, as she has the same characteristics and mannnerisms.
Joshua’s father David Moore spoke about the fragility of life.
‘‘Spend each day with your kids as if it’s your last.
‘‘Spend time with your kids.
‘‘You never know when an accident might happen.’’
He said while a lot of parents would not consider this, it was a good idea to think about life insurance or funeral insurance in the case of tragedy.
‘‘You need to think about funeral plans for kids at an early age.’’
Ms Falkingham felt there needed to be more awareness about irrigation pumps and the fencing around them, to ensure children could not swim nearby.
In his coroner’s report, David Cottrill referenced a study on toddler deaths which highlighted them to be unpredictable, oblivious to hazards, able to quickly and quietly disappear, often unable to swim and not prone to heeding warnings.
It suggested keeping young children in a secure and interesting play area, to ensure they were always supervised, to cover or fence water hazards and for carers to learn first aid.
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