1. Parents speak out: “We dropped our son at preschool. He never came home.”
The distraught parents of the five-year-old boy who died after tripping down concrete steps at Southern Rise Children’s Centre in Victoria, have spoken out, saying they want increased monitoring at childcare centres.
Sufiyaan Ahmad, known as Sufi, tripped on the concrete footsteps at his preschool about 4.30pm on September 6.
His mother has told Fairfax Media every morning when she wakes up, she still sees his face.
“His smile every morning was so very precious and even now he is no more. I wake up each day and I can still see his gorgeous smile.”
Hafsa Qaseem and her husband Shadan say they believe that Sufi’s head hit a pole when he fell.
“He had no medical conditions, he was a healthy boy,” Ms Qaseem said.
“He had no marks or scratches on his face.
“We dropped him off at school and he was fine, but he never came home that night.”
The family are calling for increased monitoring and security at child care centres, including a national roll-out of more stringent protocols when it comes to the safety of children and the installation of CCTV cameras in playground. They are also suggesting a buddy system to ensure no child ever wanders off on their own.
2. Parents tied teen son to his bed to stop him committing crimes.
A Melbourne mother and father have resorted to chaining their 16-year-old “wannabe Apex gangster” son to his bed at night with a motorcycle chain to stop him from committing burglaries and carjackings.
His mother told The Herald Sun that she and her husband had decided to use a heavy-duty chain to shackle the teenager.
“That’s the reality of it, that’s what we’re resorting to,” she said.
The boy, who was involved in the Moomba CBD violence in March, did not argue with his imprisonment.
His mum said the chain came out when her son had been bailed “then we could sleep at night, instead of not knowing if he’s going out or not”.
The teenager is currently back behind bars after pleading guilty to involvement in a police pursuit, reports The Herald Sun.
His mother wants him kept in custody but says should he be released to her she will again chain him at night.
3. Calls for investigation into foster care system after Tiahleigh’s murder.
There are calls for the foster care system to be investigated by authorities following the charges over the murder of charge Tiahleigh Palmer.
Overnight more charges have been laid over the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer.
Police have now charged the foster brother of Tiahleigh Josh Thorburn, 20, with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perjury, and her foster mother Julene, 54, with one count each of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.