Bundaberg Fire and Rescue officers came to mother Coreena Hayes’s aid after her son Declan got his leg caught in his caught in his cot. Photo: DARRYN SMITH bub1901b
Bundaberg Fire and Rescue officers came to mother Coreena Hayes’s aid after her son Declan got his leg caught in his caught in his cot. Photo: DARRYN SMITH bub1901b

Boy, 1, 'stuck behind bars'

AT just 13 months old, Declan Hayes has already spent time stuck behind bars.

But the Kensington toddler is no baby bandit — instead, little Declan was trapped in the sides of his cot after apparently attempting to mastermind his own great escape.

“Usually he starts yelling and crowing as soon as he wakes up, but instead I heard him crying,” mum Coreena Hayes said.

She ran into the nursery to discover her youngest son had caught his leg in between the bars of his cot — and he was stuck fast.

“I tried and tried to get him out by myself but I couldn’t move him,” Mrs Hayes said.

“His leg was starting to swell and I was worried about his circulation, so I called my husband, who said to call the fire brigade.”

Minutes later, four firemen arrived in a blaze of flashing lights and sirens, swiftly followed by paramedics from Queensland Ambulance Service.

“(Declan’s older brothers) Brodie and Malcolm said they could hear the fire engine coming, and I couldn’t believe it — they were so quick,” Mrs Hayes said.

With two firefighters and Mrs Hayes working together, Declan was soon freed with a twist and a tug, after the group managed to manoeuvre the little boy’s leg back through the bars.

The new cot was intact, but Mrs Hayes said she had thought about cutting it up.

“Things like that shouldn’t happen with a cot that’s approved by Australian Safety Standards,” she said.

Luckily, the empty cot and a small mark on his leg were the only reminders of Declan’s time behind bars.

“I just want to say a massive thank you to the fire brigade because it could have been really dangerous,” Mrs Hayes said yesterday.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg acting station officer Justin Groth said it was “all in a day’s work”.

“We are here to help the community when they need us,” Mr Groth said.



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