A Grey Highlands man found guilty of criminal negligence causing death in a skid steer accident that killed his four-year-old son has received a suspended sentence and three years probation.Emanuel Bauman, 32 when his son Steven suffered a fatal head injury when he fell out of the bucket of the skid steer Bauman was operating at his Grey Highlands farm last Aug. 31, also received a 10-year driving prohibition.Probation terms handed down by Justice Julia Morneau Thursday in the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound include 240 hours of community service work, namely speaking to farm communities about child safety on the farm. Bauman is also to receive grief counselling.The Crown had sought two years less a day in jail.It is believed to be the first time in Canada that a person has been convicted of criminal negligence causing the death of his child in a farm accident. Morneau said previously she looked for reported criminal law decisions in which a child had died on a farm and she couldn’t find any in Canada.In her written decision released on May 15, Morneau wrote that on the day of the incident, two of Bauman‘s children, Steven, 4, and Luke, 7, were standing in the bucket of the skid steer.Bauman, an experienced farmer and skid steer operator, was building a laneway on his farm. He was using the skid steer to pull a trailer full of wood chips. With the machine in motion the trailer dumped the woodchips onto the laneway. He was looking back at the trailer as it dropped its load and Bauman didn’t see Steven fall out, Morneau wrote.Bauman “has always accepted full moral responsibility for his son’s death. The issue is whether Mr. Bauman is criminally responsible for his son’s death,” she wrote.Bauman pleaded not guilty but called no witnesses and conceded everything in the Crown disclosure: photos, the autopsy report and his statements to police.After reviewing the case and weighing Bauman‘s actions and intentions, Morneau concluded she must convict.More to come.