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Nevaeh Austin released from hospital after six-hour bus ordeal

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Nevaeh Austin, the little toddler who was left on a bus for six hours outside a childcare centre, is returning home with her parents.

Nevaeh was found on a bus outside Le Smileys Early Learning Centre in Gracemere on Wednesday afternoon.

The three-year-old was flown in a critical condition to the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

A Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed Neveah is flying home with her parents today.

Capricornia Police District Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow says Neveah was left alone on the bus for about six hours - from about 9am to 3pm on Wednesday where temperatures reached almost 30 degrees.

Police say the childcare staff were returning to the bus for afternoon pickup when they discovered her.

“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,” Insp Shadlow says.

“It would appear Nevaeh was the only child on the bus at the time.

“The staff found her on the bus, she was then taken into the centre where they were performing CPR and triple-0 was called.

From October 1, 2020, the laws changed so approved providers of education and childcare services that offer transportation of children are required to have in place transportation-specific policies and procedures to protect children and perform risk assessments.

 

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