Girl, 3, left on 50C kindergarten bus ‘forgotten’ – World News

Police said Nevaeh Austin was left on the bus outside a kindergarten in Queensland, Australia, for six hours after the driver and an assistant forgot she was there

Police in front of the kindergarten
Police in front of the kindergarten

At least two people forgot an infant who was locked in a bus for six hours where temperatures reached 50C, police said.

Three-year-old Nevaeh Austin was left on a bus outside a kindergarten in Queensland, Australia, after the driver and a carer forgot she was there, police said.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow told reporters she had been on the bus taking children to Le Smileys Early Learning Center in Rockhampton since 9am Wednesday and that she was the only child on board that day.

He said: “The driver and another person who were on the bus at the time forgot she was there.

“It appears there have been some breaches of policy and a young child is fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital. We will possibly look beyond the driver and the attendant.”

Inspector Shadlow described Nevaeh’s condition, who was taken to a Brisbane hospital, as critical but stable.

Le Smiley’s Early Learning Center in Rockhampton, Queensland


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He refused to speculate on the tot’s chances of recovery, saying her family was “distraught.”

The detective would not plead any charges in the incident but promised the investigation “will leave no stone unturned” and look at “everyone guilty in this matter.”

Nevaeh has kidney failure and was wheeled through for a deep brain scan after being found “unresponsive” and “unconscious” on the bus around 2.50pm.

Queensland is one of Australia’s hottest regions, with daytime temperatures averaging 30°C.

A car sitting in the sun for over 60 minutes will cause the temperature to rise to deadly levels at 50C, according to a heat calculator.

Medical professionals say life-threatening hyperprexia – which causes the brain to tell the body to raise its baseline temperature – sets in at around 41C.

Paramedic Jason Thompson, who was at the scene when the girl was found, recalled the “traumatic” discovery in an interview with ABC News.

He said: “I get goosebumps talking about this now.

“When a child is sick, it’s traumatic, and when one is so critical and unconscious, your heart goes out to them.”

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