A 15-year-old Queanbeyan boy has been charged with assault causing the death of his brother. The incident allegedly occurred earlier this year, about 2pm on May 23. In the 15-year-old’s version of events, he said he was woken by two of his siblings, aged 10 and 3, playing. He heard his mother rousing on the playing pair, and he “had some words” with them.
Court documents allege the 15-year-old was cranky. He grabbed hold of the 10-year-old’s wrist and punched him in the ribs. The younger boy attempted to get away when the 15-year-old allegedly pushed him, causing the boy to hit his head on the corner of the door frame.
Their mother called Triple 0 after coming out of the bathroom to find her son unresponsive on the floor. She and the 15-year-old commenced CPR. The ambulance arrived and paramedics said the child was unresponsive, without a pulse and not breathing. They took over CPR from the mother and about 25 minutes later managed to recover a weak, intermittent pulse but the child was still not able to breathe without assistance.
The boy was taken to Canberra Hospital and police were informed that his condition was serious and suspected a poor prognosis. Court documents state police observed visible injuries on the 10-year-old.
Two days later, the boy’s life support system was turned off and he was pronounced dead.
According to court documents, the 15-year-old initially lied to police about his version events, telling police his siblings were playing on the table in the kitchen when the 10-year-old slipped and fell.
Two days after the boy’s life support system was turned off, the 15-year-old admitted to assaulting his brother causing his death, police documents stated.
He was arrested and charged, and appeared in court for the first time in May. He was granted bail on strict conditions and has not entered a plea.
Police documents state the young person appeared to be remorseful and was grieving the loss of his brother. The young boy explained he lied on the first occasion because he was fearful of the ramifications.
He is due to reappear before the Queanbeyan Children’s Court in December. The young boy appeared in court on Tuesday on an unrelated matter.