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Educators in court: trial over drowned toddler started in Rüsselsheim | hessenschau.de

In October 2022, a boy almost one and a half years old drowned in a pond in Rüsselsheim. Two teachers were supposed to look after the toddler. They have had to appear in court since Wednesday.

Since Wednesday, two educators have had to answer for the death of a nearly one-and-a-half-year-old child before the Rüsselsheim (Groß-Gerau) district court. According to the prosecution, the 38 and 60 year old women are said to have violated their duty of supervision – the Darmstadt public prosecutor’s office is therefore accusing them of negligent homicide.

“I don’t know if there is anything worse than losing your son,” said the child’s mother, who took part in the trial as a co-plaintiff. The 17-month-old boy was bright, friendly and inquisitive, the parents said. They have both been receiving psychological treatment since the death of their child.

Fell into the pond while unobserved

The boy is said to have fallen into the pond in Verna Park in Rüsselsheim in October 2022. According to the public prosecutor’s office, rescue workers were initially able to revive him, but he later died in a clinic in Mannheim.

At the time of the accident, the two teachers were supposed to be looking after the toddler. They were two carers from a Rüsselsheim association that offers language courses in combination with childcare. The mother had attended such a language course at the time. According to the association’s chairman, both educators were qualified to provide care. They had to look after seven children at the same time that day.

Apparently the child was able to wait for an unobserved moment and run to the pond. How it could actually fall in even though it was under supervision will be clarified in the trial.

The teacher went to the toilet for a moment

In court, one of the defendants described how she briefly left her colleague alone to relieve herself in the bushes in the park. Afterwards she noticed that the boy was missing. She first looked on the road before she discovered him in the pond and tried in vain to revive him.

The woman emphasized that she wanted to help clear up the case. She cannot undo what happened, she is desperate and thinks about the boy every day.

When asked why she did not immediately call 911 during her colleague’s rescue attempt, the second defendant replied that she did not have the number ready. The trial is scheduled to continue on Friday. A verdict is expected in the following days of the hearing.

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