- The parents claimed that they were yet to receive official communication on what led to their son's death.
- However, when reached out for a comment, the school principal who only introduced himself as Mr Otieno said they were mourning as a school and hence couldn't issue any statement on the incident.
Baby Liam Kipruto, the three-year-old PP1 boy who was crushed to death by a school bus at Katani in Machakos, on February 9, had been learning at Goodrich International School for only a month.
His parents Mercy Melima and Elijah Kimutai said they paid around Sh70,000 fees during his admission to the private school in early January.
The deceased was the couple's firstborn and only boy in the family of two children. They are left with a baby girl yet to attain the school-going age.
Melima said she was yet to accept the reality that her child was no more.
"It was so hard for me to accept it and up to now, I still ask myself many questions. My son left home in the morning that day so happy, bid me goodbye when he was going to school only to receive a call from a teacher that he was dead," Melima told reporters at their house in Katani on Monday.
Melima said she was earlier that day at her son's school but didn't know he would die.
"If I could have known, I could have called my son out of the classroom to bid him bye before he died," Melima said.
The couple claimed that they were yet to receive official communication on what led to their son's death.
However, when reached out for a comment, the school principal who only introduced himself as Mr Otieno said they were mourning as a school and hence couldn't issue any statement on the incident.
"Even as we speak now, we mourn as a school. We have been facing very tough moments as a school," Otieno said.
"We have faced a tragedy we have never seen before in the last 13 years we have existed as a school."
Liam's mother said she was still in denial.
"I just need answers to why or what happened. We have tried looking for them to come even just tell us the full story of what transpired," Melima said.
"Liam has been in that school for only a month. Unfortunately, I had already cleared the school fees, just have to carry forward fees. As of now, we have paid Sh70,000 inclusive of Sh53,000 school fees, admission and caution money."
When the Star visited the school on Monday, some officials of the Ministry of Education were at the school conducting investigations on the minor's death.
They interrogated some staffers including drivers in the school who recorded statements with the officers.
A staffer at the institution told reporters that the principal was held up in the same interrogation meeting with the officials.
Athi River South subcounty police commander Jos Mudavadi confirmed that the child was crushed to death by a school bus belonging to the school.
Melima said she was called to the scene where her son had been crushed to death by his class teacher through the phone.
"I was directed to where the accident had happened only for me to find my son lying dead. We have tried our best to reach the school. But, they have left this burden to us," Melima said.
"Being told that my son opened the door and jumped out. I'm asking, where was the bus attendant who was supposed to attend to this boy? Why did they pass my house and go the other end only for me to find my son dead?"
Melima said the distance from her home and where the child was crushed was two to three kilometres.
The couple said all they were asking was justice for their son.
Kimutai said he received information on his son's death from his wife.
"On that fateful day, I was at work in Rwanda doing my normal routines. Then, received a phone call from my wife. She was crying when she broke the bad news," Kimutai said.
Kimutai said he was shocked on receiving the information.
He travelled back home on Saturday, a day after the incident happened.
Kimutai said they visited the Athi River police station on Saturday and got assistance from the officers in the process of conducting an autopsy.
An autopsy was conducted at Shalom Community Hospital mortuary, Athi River on Sunday before it was transferred to another facility.
The bus driver was arrested and released on Sh30, 000 police bail.