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Father of toddler Nevaeh abandoned on child care minibus reveals how his brave daughter survived

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‘Dumbfounded’ dad was kept in the dark by day care bosses after his toddler daughter was abandoned in a minibus – and the secret behind her ‘MIRACLE’ recovery

  • Nevaeh Austin, 3, found unconscious after she was left on bus for six hours
  • Toddler rushed to hospital but her condition has improved in the 48 hours since
  • Her angry father Shane said he still has not received a call from daycare involved 
  • Bianca Reynolds is ‘going through a tough time’ after the mini bus incident 
  • It’s understood she was one of two staff to forget about Nevaeh on Wednesday 

The furious father of the toddler, Nevaeh Ausin, who almost died after she was abandoned on her daycare bus for six hours said the centre involved has still not called him.

A ‘dumbfounded’ Shane Austin still cannot understand how his daughter, who was strapped into her seat by her mother, Sheridan, at 9am was missed by Le Smileys Early Learning Centre staff until 3pm near Rockhampton on Wednesday.

He said it was ‘a miracle’ Nevaeh is alive and admitted she ‘wouldn’t be here today’ if the heart-breaking incident happened in summer instead of autumn.

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Mr Austin told A Current Affair the centre’s staff have still not phoned him to explain what happened.

‘[I’ve heard] nothing. I didn’t even get a phone call. I want to know why.’

I want to know why they never saw [her], these people were walking past [the bus],’ he said, admitted she was probably calling out.

‘She’s her fathers child so she’s loud too.’

‘I’m dumfounded.’ 

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

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

The first photo of the toddler in recovery (pictured) has emerged as her father made a visit to her in the Queensland Children's Hospital

The first photo of the toddler in recovery (pictured) has emerged as her father made a visit to her in the Queensland Children’s Hospital 

The three-year-old has improved significantly since she was transferred to Brisbane Children’s hospital and has been ‘giggling, squealing and eating ice cream’ in hospital. 

Nevaeh Austin (pictured) is now awake but remains in a critical condition in hospital

Nevaeh Austin (pictured) is now awake but remains in a critical condition in hospital

Ms Reynolds was reportedly on the mini bus which picked up three-year-old Nevaeh Austin from her home about 9am on Wednesday morning for the school pick-up

Ms Reynolds was reportedly on the mini bus which picked up three-year-old Nevaeh Austin from her home about 9am on Wednesday morning for the school pick-up

Earlier, a childcare worker who was one of two staff on the bus where Nevaeh almost died after she was left for six hours is beside herself and ‘going through a tough time’.

Le Smileys Early Learning Centre director Bianca Reynolds is hunkering down with her mother and sister at her home in Gracemere, in Queensland’s Rockhampton region.

‘This is a horrible situation for anybody,’ her protective sister Emily told Daily Mail Australia. ‘She’s going through a really tough time.’

Ms Reynolds was reportedly on the mini bus which picked up three-year-old Nevaeh Austin from her home about 9am on Wednesday morning for the school pick-up.

 

Police are now investigating how both Ms Reynolds and her colleague came to forget about Nevaeh, who was the only child on the bus at the time.

One of Ms Reynold’s colleagues found Nevaeh unconscious beside her belongings on the bus when they returned about 3pm to begin drop offs.

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