A window, in an adjoining bathroom, was left unmodified and Alex escaped through that window around 6:45 p.m. on April 22.
Alex loved nature, especially rocks, and brought home large rocks every day to add to his collection. When he arrived at Oatley station, he climbed onto the rock-covered tracks where he was hit by a train and killed around 7:25 p.m.
All three deaths are being reviewed in the same inquest, despite the boys being cared for by different agencies at the time of their deaths, to see if anything can be done to prevent similar tragedies in the future. The court heard that many changes had already been made following the deaths.
Shortly after the inquest began, video tributes were released containing treasured family photos of Riley and Rachel Martin, including an ultrasound of Martin’s unborn child.
Alex’s mother brought a large framed photo of him to court, which she held tight to her chest throughout the hearing. The photo was briefly placed at the front of the room, next to Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame, for everyone to see.
Grahame offered his personal condolences to the loved ones of the three who died, as well as the unborn child, noting that “the passage of time will not have healed the deep grief and loss you feel”.
She said the inquest will determine “how these preventable deaths could have occurred”. The investigation is continuing.
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