The bus driver accused of unlawfully killing three-year-old Isaiah Hazel has been granted $150,000 bail.
Sherill Smartt, 31, of Couva appeared in the Couva Magistrates Court on Monday morning shortly after she surrendered to the police.
Last week when officers went to clarify some matters with the woman, she could not be found at her home.
But yesterday accompanied by her attorney Louis Andrews, Smartt went to the Couva Police Station where she was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter.
The mother of three was charged after the preschooler was found dead in her bus on July 4.
Initial police reports stated that she picked up the child from his home to drop him to his school - Morning Star Early Childhood Centre in California. He apparently fell asleep in the back seat and went unnoticed.
The other children disembarked. The driver allegedly went home and parked up the bus. When she returned to pick up the children in the afternoon, Isaiah’s body was found on the floor of the bus. An autopsy revealed that Isaiah died as a result of hyperthermia.
Smartt was questioned by the police and released. Investigators subsequently submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions who gave instructions to charge her.
She was charged by Sgt Richardson Elvin. Asking for bail, Smartt’s attorney submitted to Senior Magistrate Christine Charles that his client was a bus driver but she is presently unemployed.
He said she has three children ranging from age 11 years to 15 months and in a common-law relationship. Andrews also submitted that she has strong community ties and no previous convictions or pending matters. Prosecutor Sgt Lincoln Bonnett did not object to bail.
The magistrate granted bail with Smartt’s brother as her surety.
This means her brother has to sign the bail documents and she would be released into his care.
The matter was adjourned to August 12
Reporter: Sascha Wilson