“Ever since you left me it feels like you’re going to walk back through my door, yell out ‘mum ma’ and give me a big cuddle,” she posted on Monday.
“I had you when I was just 16, we did it incredibly hard but eventually got on our little feet. We started to enjoy our life that we worked so hard for. You were starting to do so much and talk so well.
“Just at two, you gave me more knowledge about how smart and quickly kids learn.
“You were so happy. We were so much. This doesn’t feel real Ruby.
“Where is my little lifesaver? Why did you have to leave me so soon? When am I going to be able to hold you in my arms and tell you ‘I love you so much’?
“You used to laugh and smile when I played back the videos I recorded of you and now all I do is cry because I know you’re never coming back to me.
“I miss everything that you used to do. From spitting in my face, to you saying ‘love ya’.
“The tantrums to the hugs and kisses. Even when you used to hog the whole bed just to cuddle me so you could fall asleep. Being your mum was the best decision I ever made.
“I cry every day that you’re not here. I cry at the fact that I thought I could’ve done so much more. I cry because I wasn’t there to help you. Now I can’t do anything but cry for you.
“I love you so much my baby boy, I never thought I’d ever have to say goodbye. My forever.”
Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley said Ruben’s death appeared to be a tragic accident.
“Anyone who has had a little boy, or a little girl, knows what they are like and there is no warning out of this. This is just a pure tragedy,” he said.
“The loss of a little life under these circumstances is just really really difficult for people to grasp a hold of.”
Chief Superintendent Huxley praised the work of neighbours and police who searched rough terrain in the rain.
“They are people of the land, they are very tough as well. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how tough you are the loss of a little fella like that just breaks your heart,” he said.
“At one stage there we had seven helicopters in the air, which was quite an extraordinary effort in such a remote part of the state.
“The whole community is devastated and you can see the impact in a very modern sense with social media; this sort of thing goes all around the nation.
“People are sending their thoughts and condolences from right across the country and the family really do appreciate the tremendous support that has been provided for them.”
Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.
– with Lydia Lynch & Jocelyn Garcia
Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times