A harmless stuffed animal allegedly purchased at a Seaworld theme park was confiscated by police after a stationary 6-year-old boy lay in the hospital while his family was waiting for the removal of life support systems.
Declan Rabington-McDonald’s family was “angry” at the accident and called on police to investigate the incident and the safety of the toys.
Declan was seriously injured at his home in Nerang on Anzac Day and was taken to the ICU at Queensland Children’s Hospital, where he continues to sustain his life.
Doctors told his distraught mother, Lauren Babington, overnight that the machine that kept her son alive would be turned off within 48 hours.
Cousin Lee Williams claimed that the toy was a penguin wearing a harness with “hard” long lead and was confiscated by police.
She said the toy was purchased for Declan four days before the accident, but did not elaborate on how the toy hurt the only child.
“It was a toy I bought from Sea World on the Gold Coast,” Ms Williams told NCA Newswire.
“… The long lead was stiff with the pole, but the pole came out.
“It broke and turned into a long rope that basically had a loop at the end. In a very short time, Declan got entangled.
“The police picked it up.
Police confirmed that the six-year-old child had attended Nerang’s speech on Anzac Day after being reported to be “unresponsive.”
However, they did not comment on whether the toys were confiscated or whether investigations were underway.
“There is no suspicious situation surrounding the case,” they told NCA Newswire.
“At this time, there is no more information available about this case.”
Ms. Williams said the family was too absorbed in Declan’s fate to focus on toy safety, but police are investigating and hopes Sea World management will respond accordingly.
“We’re just upset and struggling to understand how it happened,” she said.
“It was a toy I bought from Sea World four days ago. It’s really dangerous and we’re really angry, but we’re not bothering it and can’t concentrate on it.”
“The police were investigating. They brought toys. I hope they keep doing that,” she added.
“They will do so when the family has the ability to investigate and follow up on it, but we are now focusing on Declan.”
Ms. Babington continues to be on the bedside alert while the extended family rushes from the interstate highway to comfort and pray to a six-year-old child.
His aunt Katie McDonald told family and friends on Facebook the catastrophic news that doctors decided to withdraw life support.
“Lauren, Declan’s mom, asked me to share what the doctor advised that Declan was beyond recovery. Declan’s life support will be withdrawn within 48 hours,” Caitlin said. Posted on social media.
“As you can see, this is a catastrophic time for the family. Respect your privacy and understand that you can’t talk on the phone.
“They are reading the message of support and are grateful for all the love and kindness shown by the community.”
Williams Organized the fund-raising activity page This was initially to support the family through Declan’s treatment. The money will now be used for the boy’s funeral.
We are asking the admins of the SeaWorld theme parks for comment.
Initially published as follows A toy that landed a boy in the ICU revealed