Toddler remains critical, was only child on bus before being left behind

Update at 1.00pm: Three-year-old Neveah Austin was the only child being driven on a childcare centre bus in Central Queensland, before she was forgotten for up to six hours.

The young girl remains in a critical condition in hospital after being found unconscious on the bus parked out the front of Le Smileys Early Learning Centre in Gracemere near Rockhampton.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow says they are unsure at this stage exactly how she was forgotten.


“It would appear that Nevaeh is the only child on the bus at the time,” Detective Shadlow says.

“Obviously when they returned to the centre the driver and one other person who were on the bus at the time have forgotten that she was there.”

She was only found when workers entered the bus to do the afternoon school pick-up.

Police say a full investigation has begun which will involve the Crime Intelligence command, the Child Trauma Unit and scientific forensic officers.

“We will leave no stone unturned in relation to the investigation,”

“Obviously, it would appear that there were some breaches of procedures and that will form part of the investigation.”

They say the childcare centre is cooperating “to a degree”.

The young girl is still critical but in a stable condition in Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Earlier at 7.00am: A toddler is still fighting for life in hospital after being left on a minibus for up to six hours outside a central Queensland childcare centre.

Paramedics were called to the Le Smileys Early Learning Centre in Gracemere near Rockhampton just before 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Three-year-old Nevaeh was reportedly discovered unresponsive by staff members before being rushed inside the centre.

“They (staff) escorted the crew into the childcare centre where the young child was on the floor in the admin area, ” Jason Thomspon from Queensland Ambulance Service said.

“Crews did a quick assessment and took her out to the vehicle waiting for the critical care paramedic crew to arrive. Once they did a few minutes later the patient was treated and stabilised and transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital.”

She has since been transported to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane where she will undergo a brain scan.

It’s understood the girl had been picked up from a home in Gracemere around 9am on Wednesday morning.

Police are now investigating how she went unnoticed for so long.

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