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Family of toddler who died in a grease trap hires lawyer

July 30, 2019 08:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The family of the toddler who fell into a grease trap behind a Tim Hortons earlier this month has hired an attorney.

The plastic lid covering the grease trap apparently gave way when three-year-old Bryce Raynor stepped on it and drowned. 

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He didn't survive.

"I firmly believe if that plastic lid was not there, Bryce would be alive today," said Lori Robb Monaghan. 

Monaghan is the attorney representing the mother of the three-year-old, Tenitia Cullum, also known as Renee. 

The tragedy took place at the Tim Hortons on University Avenue just two weeks ago when Cullum brought her son to work with her.

Monaghan says the family has asked for guidance and help getting answers.

"Rochester Police went in and conducted an investigation that day but I don't think there has been much communication with the family," Monaghan said. "Obviously, there was a conclusion that there were no criminal charges coming out of that. But I don't think they got any answers because quite frankly, I don't know that anybody has any at this point."

The plastic lid flipped open when Bryce stepped on it. Monaghan says that never should have happened.

"I believe they're supposed to either be of a sufficient weight, from what I understand a minimum of 59 pounds, locked, (with a) gasket and water tight."

Monaghan says the restaurant's original design calls for a metal lid. She wants to know who's responsible for the plastic lid, who makes and sells them, and why the grease trap was so easily accessible. 

"This was in the ground, in a grassy area, which actually looks like it's used as a cut-through for foot traffic as a Tim Hortons to the Price Rite Grocery store that's right there. There is no restriction of access. It is a hazard in every sense of the word," said Monaghan.

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