Queensland Police says it will investigate “all possibilities” after a three-year-old boy was found dead in the back of a daycare mini-bus south of Cairns on Tuesday afternoon.
The boy was found at the front of Hambledon State School on Stokes Street in Edmonton about 3.15pm.
Queensland Police Far North Inspector Jason Smith said investigators will work to piece together exactly what happened in the hours before the child was discovered.
“We’re just trying to work out exactly what’s happened between now and when he should have been delivered to the daycare centre,” he said according to The Courier-Mail.
Inspector Smith said police “don’t know at this stage” whether it was heat-related.
“It is early days, and a number of factors could be at play here,” he said.‘We’ll investigate all possibilities.’
“We’ll investigate all possibilities.”
Queensland police’s child protection unit has launched an investigation, while the mini-bus has also been towed away from the scene.
“The death of any child is an awful thing, which is why it is so important for us to get to the bottom of this,” Smith said.
Police said the child’s parents have been notified.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
In a statement provided to 7NEWS.com.au Tuesday night, the Goodstart Early Learning childcare centre said their thoughts are with the boy’s family.
“Goodstart Early Learning is devastated by the death of a child in our care in Cairns earlier today,” the statement read.
“We are working to support the entire centre team, our families and our children.