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Two daycare workers charged with allegedly leaving toddler Neveah Austin on a bus for six hours


Police in Queensland have charged two women with allegedly leaving a toddler on a bus for six hours, near Rockhampton in early May.

Just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, police announced that the two Gracemere women had been charged with one count each of bodily harm.

Three-year-old Neveah Austin made a miraculous recovery after being found in critical condition on a kindergarten bus in Gracemere.

The women, aged 30 and 31, are said to have picked up Neveah around 8:30 a.m. on May 4 and driven to a child care center in Gracemere, where they parked the bus and left her in it.

Three-year-old Nevaeh Austin (pictured) was unresponsive when found on a bus at a childcare center

Three-year-old Nevaeh Austin (pictured) was unresponsive when found on a bus at a childcare center

Three-year-old Nevaeh Austin (pictured) was unresponsive when found on a bus at a childcare center

Another employee is said to have driven the truck to a school in Gracemere around 2:45 p.m., and found Nevaeh unconscious in the back of the bus.

The temperature had risen to nearly 30 degrees Celsius the day she was left in the car.

She was taken into the center where the staff began CPR and called 911.

Neveah was taken to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a critical condition and then taken to Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

A few days later, her grandmother, Pamela Parker, appeared on morning TV shows to say that Neveah was ‘wake up, laughing and eating ice cream’.

“She’s calling, squealing and laughing, sticking her tongue out – she’s doing great,” Ms Parker said.

She made an amazing recovery and returned home.

The two women accused will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on July 26.

A child's booster seat is visible as officers take photos from multiple angles, record notes, and discuss their findings

A child's booster seat is visible as officers take photos from multiple angles, record notes, and discuss their findings

A child’s booster seat is visible as officers take photos from multiple angles, record notes, and discuss their findings



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