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Girl, 3, fighting for life after being locked in minivan for hours at Queensland childcare centre

Little girl, 3, is fighting for life after being left locked on a bus for SEVEN hours on 29-degree day

  • The child was found this afternoon in van that had been taking her to childcare
  • It is believed she had been on a Queensland bus from 9.30am until about 3.15pm 
  • She was found at Le Smileys Early Learning Centre, Gracemere, Queensland 

A three-year-old girl is in a critical condition in hospital after spending seven hours trapped inside a parked minivan in hot weather.

The toddler is understood to have been found locked in the van at the Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton. 

Paramedics, including a critical care team, were called to the centre at about 2.50pm where they treated the gravely-ill girl.

The three-year-old was found gravely ill in a bus parked at Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it's understood she has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital (pictured) in a 'gravely ill' state

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it’s understood she has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital (pictured) in a ‘gravely ill’ state

Queensland Ambulance confirmed the three-year-old was ‘unconscious’ when found just before 3pm.

‘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.

‘It’s believed she has been on the bus since 9.30am, she was found around 3.15pm,’ Nine News Queensland reporter Tim Arvier told 4BC on Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures in Rockhampton reached a maximum of 29C on Wednesday. 

Five police vehicles were in attendance monitoring access to and from the childcare facility.

They are understood to be interviewing the centre’s staff and inspecting a white minivan, especially a seat in the middle of the bus.

The incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo, known to his family as ‘Meeky’.

He was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020. 

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

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

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. 

More to come 

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