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The grandmother of a three year old Queensland girl who was allegedly left on a daycare mini bus in the heat has revealed her granddaughter is in a stable condition and is “breathing on her own”.
Police allege the young girl was discovered alone on the bus just before 3pm on Wednesday, May 4. She was unconscious at the time of her discovery before being rushed to Rockhampton Hospital in a critical condition.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow revealed to the ABC on Thursday, May 5 that the young girl was discovered “hours later when staff went to use the bus for the after-school pick up at about 3pm”.
“It would appear that Nevaeh was the only child on the bus at the time,” Shadlow said.
“Obviously, when they returned to the centre, the driver and one other person who were in the bus at the time, have forgotten that she was there.
“It would appear there were some breaches of procedures … and a young child is fighting for their life.”
Inspector Darrin Shadlow reveals Nevaeh Austin was the only child on the bus yesterday morning.
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Despite the young girl’s ordeal, Pamela Parker told 9 News that she had spoken to her granddaughter, Nevaeh, revealing that the toddler is “doing all right”.
“I spoke to Nevaeh, she’s good,” she said.
“I’m thankful my granddaughter has pulled through but what this must be doing to her, I can’t even imagine.
“She’s tired, but she’s breathing on her own.
“She’s her happy self.”
Parker said she was left “numb” after being informed of the incident and has called for answers as to why her granddaughter was left on the bus.
“How does this happen? Why? Why did this happen?” she said.
“Lost, hurt, angry, scared… We just need more answers.
“We need to be told why.”
Queensland Ambulance Service Central Region Operations Manager, Jason Thompson described the “traumatic” scene to reporters on Wednesday, May 4.
“On the crew’s arrival, Queensland Police were already on scene and escorted the crew into the childcare centre where the young child was on the floor in the admin area,” Thompson revealed.
Thompson said the heart-wrenching incident gave him goosebumps.
“I get goosebumps just as I speak about it now,” Thompson admitted.
“When a child is sick, it’s traumatic, and when one is as critical and unconscious, your heart goes out to them.”
According to the Courier Mail, Michelle O’Rouke, owner of Le Smileys Early Learning Centre in Gracemere informed parents that the centre would cease all forms of transportation.
“I apologise to families for the inconvenience however, Le Smileys Early Learning Centre will no longer be providing transportation in any form, from this point forward,” she said.