The mother of a three-year-old boy who was left alone in a locked daycare bus on a burning day speaks out
Ninety Minutes From Hell: Mother of three-year-old boy who was a stone’s throw from death after being left alone in a daycare bus on a scorching day reveals brave toddler’s desperate fight to escape
- A mother has said that her son is locked in a daycare bus
- Caboolture’s mother said her son was left alone for 90 minutes until he was found
- The incident is similar to another one in Cairns in which a three-year-old boy was tragically killed
The mother of a toddler who was locked up in a daycare center for 90 minutes on a blazing day has spoken of the terrifying ordeal.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, waved goodbye to her three-year-old son in front of their home in Caboolture, Queensland, as he climbed aboard the Guppy’s daycare bus for the 15-minute ride downtown.
On the way, the little boy fell asleep and woke up to find the bus parked outside the center, everyone else gone and himself still tied tightly to his seat.
The distraught toddler realized he was alone and started screaming and banging on the windows for help.
The director of the Caboolture Guppy children’s center (photo) pleaded guilty on Tuesday over the incident in 2019
The three-year-old miraculously survived after being trapped on the bus for 90 minutes (photo)
Temperatures reached over 30 ° C on that day, November 12, 2019, and it wasn’t until 90 minutes later that another late parent saw the child on the bus, likely saving his life.
“We don’t know how long he slept on the bus. He said he was knocking on the windows and screaming, but no one heard him. He was strapped into his car seat and couldn’t move, ”said the boy’s mother The courier post
“We have no idea what was going through his mind,” she said.
Describing the call she received from the daycare center leaving her home to run errands, she said she assumed they were calling about fees.
After asking how her day was, the call went on to her son, whom she thought had scraped his knee.
When told that he had been left on the bus, she “dropped everything” and immediately ran to the center to check on her child, which she found on a caregiver’s knee.
He looked terrified. I hadn’t seen that look in his eyes before, but I knew something was wrong. He just sat there frozen, ”she said.
The incident looks eerily similar to another one just three months later in Cairns, in which another three-year-old boy Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo, known to his family as ‘Meeky’, was left in a daycare van.
Tragically, Meeky was not found for six hours, while the heat of Cairns – reaching 56C on the bus that day – proved deadly.
The bus driver has since resigned and the company (pictured) was also fined $ 18,000 each for two separate charges
The Caboolture toddler’s mom said she heard about that incident on the news and felt a surge of fear about what the other mom must have been through.
Andrew Park, the director of the Caboolture facility, Guppy’s Early Learning Center, pleaded guilty to one count on Tuesday for failing to ensure adequate supervision of a child and failing to take all reasonable precautions to protect the child from danger. to protect.
The bus driver has since resigned and the company has also been fined $ 18,000 for each charge.