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Girl left sobbing after she fell asleep inside Frankston Library

Video footage has emerged of the moment a teenage girl found herself locked inside a suburban Melbourne library.

Jemah Burley, 14, had gone to drop a book off at the Frankston Library, in the city’s south-east, but fell asleep in a back section.

When the schoolgirl woke up in pitch dark, she knew something was wrong.

The 14-year-old was left locked inside the library for hours, and was filmed breaking down in tears when her mother found her sitting near the front entrance. 

sobbed uncontrollably as she sat in darkness after the Frankston Library, in the city’s south-east, had been closed for the day. 

Jemah Burley can be seen sobbing uncontrollably as she sat in darkness after the Frankston Library, in the city’s south-east, had been closed for the day

Jemah was then let out of the building a short time later after being alerted to an exit button located near the front doors

Jemah was then let out of the building a short time later after being alerted to an exit button located near the front doors

When Jemah failed to meet her mother outside the library after visiting after school as they had organised, a desperate search was launched to locate her.

The teenager was then spotted inside the facility about an hour after it had closed, awake and distressed,  Nine News reported.

In the vision captured of the Jemah inside the library, her mother, Maxine Burley, is heard assuring her daughter ‘You’re alright darling, you’ve done nothing wrong ok’.  

Jemah was then let out of the building a short time later after being alerted to an exit button located near the front doors.  

Ms Burley said she wants to know why a final tour of the library was not carried out by staff.

The chief executive officer of Frankston Council, Dennis Hovenden, said it was a ‘truly unfortunate incident’ and investigation had now been launched. 

‘We are undertaking an internal investigation including talking to all staff present and reviewing CCTV footage and processes to identify where improvements may be made,’ Mr Hovenden told Nine News.  

In the vision captured of the Jemah inside the library, her mother, Maxine Burley, is heard assuring her daughter 'You're alright darling, you've done nothing wrong ok'.

In the vision captured of the Jemah inside the library, her mother, Maxine Burley, is heard assuring her daughter ‘You’re alright darling, you’ve done nothing wrong ok’.



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