Grease trap tragedy: Mother of 3-year-old says she's grateful for outpour of support

July 23, 2019 06:34 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- On Tuesday, family and friends said goodbye to three-year-old Bryce Raynor, the toddler who fell into a grease pit behind Tim Hortons.

His mother is a Tim Hortons' employee. She had taken him to work with her last week because she didn't have a sitter.


While she was taking out the trash, her toddler wandered over to a grease pit behind the restaurant that was only partially covered with an unsecured plastic lid. Police say the boy stepped on a grease trap and the lid gave way.

On Monday night, News10NBC's Deanna Dewberry sat down with the toddler's mother and asked her what would help her get through Tuesday's funeral service.

Renee Cullum, mother of Bryce: "Seeing him at peace. I think that's the only thing that's gonna get me through. My baby is at peace now."

News10NBC's Deanna Dewberry: "You just viewed his body. Is that what you saw, a baby at peace?"

Cullum: "He looked like he was sleeping. He looked just like he was sleeping and I think that made me feel a lot better."

She said what's also made her feel better is the outpour of support from the Rochester community.

She says she'd like to work with legislators to pass laws to assure that grease traps are properly secured.


Deanna Dewberry

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