The mum of a little boy who died after being left on a daycare bus two years ago has recalled her horror of finding out another child was left on a bus and is now fighting for life in hospital as Today show hosts Allison Landgon and Karl Stefanovic broke down over the latest incident.
Little Nevaeh Austin, three, was picked up from her home to head to Le Smileys Early Learning Centre at Gracemere near Rockhampton on Wednesday.
She was found unconscious in the van six hours later. Paramedics were able to revive her and rushed her to the nearby Rockhampton hospital. She has been airlifted to Brisbane.
Just a few hours north two years ago, Maliq ‘Meeky’ Nicholas Floyd Namok-Malamoo tragically died after he was left in a hot school van following the morning pick up.
His mum Muriel Namok is sickened and angry history appears to have repeated.
The Today show hosts broke down live on air while speaking to the grieving mum on Thursday morning, bewildered that it has happened again.
Nevaeh Austin (picture) is fighting for life in hospital after being locked in a bus for six hours
‘It’s horrendous,’ Stefanovic said.
Langdon told Ms Namok: ‘How on earth was this allowed to happen in the first place with your beautiful little boy. How was it allowed to happen a second time.’
Ms Namok said she was angry and felt sick to the stomach after hearing about what happened to Neveah on Wednesday.
Her son Meeky was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020.
Ms Namok fought hard for new rules to be put in place where carers had to make sure every child was counted when they got on and off a school bus.
She was joined in a series of interviews by godmother Rowena.
‘We want to say our thoughts and prayers are with a little girl, our prayers are with a little girl, we pray that she pulls through and to the family’ Rowena told Sunrise.
‘I think it is more of anger than anything that this could happen again. We went through this with the trials and we saw one childcare worker gets six years, eligible for 18 months parole.
The staff were fined by the Education Department for $71,000 and any other childcare worker was in the Supreme Court with a not guilty charge. There is no accountability, she said.
It comes as Nevaeh’s dad shared heartbreaking details of the little girl’s grave condition.
Shane Austin said Nevaeh has a failing kidney and needed a deep brain scan after being locked inside the bus outside the Le Smileys Early Learning Centre.
Little Nevaeh was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital after being found unconscious and revived by paramedics just before 3pm on Wednesday.
A senior Queensland politician has vowed an inquiry into the horrific incident will be launched as questions begin to be asked about how daycare centre staff didn’t notice the girl was missing.
A toddler was revived by Queensland paramedics after being found unconscious in a minivan outside a child care centre on Wednesday afternoon (pictured, police inspect a white van outside the Le Smiley’s Early Learning Centre)
The three-year-old was found gravely ill in the van parked outside the childcare centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton
‘She’s the most loudest little girl they tell me… she’s the heart of the daycare,’ Mr Austin told the Courier Mail.
Mr Austin revealed Nevaeh was picked up from his Gracemere home at 9am by the childcare centre bus – nearly six hours before being found unconscious.
The toddler is understood to have been found ‘unresponsive’ in the van outside the daycare on Lucas Street in Gracemere, Central Queensland.
Paramedics, including a critical care team, were called to the centre at about 2.50pm where they treated and revived the gravely-ill girl.
Queensland Ambulance confirmed the three-year-old was ‘unconscious’ when they found her.
Police were interviewing the centre’s staff and inspecting a white minivan, especially a seat in the middle of the bus on Wednesday afternoon
‘The girl was located on a bus out the front of a school on Lucas Street [and] was transported in a critical condition to Rockhampton Hospital,’ Queensland Ambulance said on social media.
The girl was found ‘unresponsive’, the ambulance service’s Central Region operations manager Jason Thompson told media on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Thompson described the situation as ‘traumatic’ for crews who treated her and admitted he had ‘goosebumps’ talking about it.
The toddler was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital in a gravelly-ill condition and is believed to be in a critical but stable condition with her parents at her bedside
‘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,’ he said.
Temperatures in Rockhampton reached a maximum of 29C on Wednesday.
The toddler is understood to be in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in Rockhampton Hospital with her parents at her bedside
The toddler is understood to be in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in hospital with her parents at her bedside.
Five police vehicles were in attendance monitoring access to and from the childcare facility.
Daycare centre staff are now being interviewed by investigators and the white minivan is undergoing analysis, especially a seat in the middle of the bus.
Queensland’s assistant minister for education, Brittany Lauga, said ‘this simply shouldn’t have happened’ and vowed an inquiry would follow.
‘Tonight is a little girl in Gracemere who is fighting for her life in hospital after being allegedly left on a bus at daycare,’ Ms Lauga said in a social media post.
‘Families need to have peace of mind that when they send their children off to school, kindy or day care, they will come home safe.’
The incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo, known to his family as ‘Meeky’.
The Rockhampton incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo (pictured) who was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in Cairns in February, 2020
Meeky’s lifeless body was found in the child care minibus (pictured), almost six hours after he was allegedly collected from his home last February
Michael Lewis was jailed for six years for manslaughter after the three-year-old boy was left on the minibus in temperatures that reportedly reached 56 degrees Celsius.
During the trial the court heard there had been confusion about the pick-up of Meeky on the morning of his death.
The court was also told that Lewis failed to take Meeky off the bus or sign him in after arriving at the centre.