Gurshan ‘might be alive if given first aid’

This story highlights the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency situation. Article is from nine news website:

Dead Indian toddler Gurshan Singh Channa could have been saved if he had received basic first aid, police believe.

Police allege Gursewak Dhillon, who lived with Gurshan’s parents and others, placed the boy unconscious into the boot of his car and drove around for at least three hours before dumping him at Oaklands Junction without checking to see if he was dead or alive.

Police said that it was probable that Gurshan would have survived if he had not been trapped in the car boot for hours, The Age reports.

Dhillon, 23, faced an out-of-sessions court hearing before a bail justice on Sunday evening charged with manslaughter by criminal negligence.

He was remanded in custody to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

The toddler’s body was found at Oaklands Junction, near Melbourne Airport, about six hours after he disappeared from his Lalor home, about 20km away.

An autopsy has not revealed the cause of death, and police have given no information on how Gurshan came to be unconscious.

The court case comes after Gurshan’s mother, Harpreet Kaur Channa, wrote of her anguish in a letter to the Herald Sun newspaper.

“Our son was a beautiful boy and he was very loved and he is still in the front of our eyes,” the letter said.

“Up to this point our grief has been so bad, so deep, so beyond explanation.

“We want to thank the Australian people for their support and the Victoria Police for (making an arrest) so fast.”