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Grey Highlands farmer receives suspended sentence following tragic accident in the death of his 4-year-old son

Grey Highlands farmer receives suspended sentence following tragic accident in the death of his 4-year-old son

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF – On August 31 of 2018, Grey County Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an incident at a farm property on the 3rd concession in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. 4-year-old Steven Bauman was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Subsequently, the boy's father, Emanuel Bauman, was arrested and later found guilty of criminal negligence causing death on May 15, 2019.

It was reported by several news media that in the Owen Sound Courthouse on August 8, Bauman's sentence was suspended and he was given three years probation for his crime. According to reports, this was the first time a Canadian farmer has been convicted of such an offense during the operation of heavy equipment. As such, this outcome is thought by many to be a precedent-setting result.

During the proceedings, Justice Julia Morneau of the Ontario Court of Justice read an agreed statement of facts which revealed that Bauman's two sons Steven and 7-year-old Luke were both standing in the bucket of a skid steer bucket when the accident occurred.

Bauman and his family can now attempt to move on with their lives after suffering such a tragic loss.

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