Alyssa Jayde New, 5, was trapped for five hours before she was found inside the bus
A five-year-old girl was ‘petrified’ and banging on the windows of a school bus when she was left trapped for five hours after falling asleep on her way home from school.
Her terrified mother Bobbie Langdon called the authorities on Monday afternoon when her daughter Alyssa Jayde New never returned home from Jimboomba State School, south of Brisbane.
Police immediately set up a search party for the five-year-old girl, who was eventually found inside the school bus at the Logan Coaches bus depot about 7.30pm on Monday.
‘Alyssa was located petrified and crying banging on the school bus doors to get out,’ Ms Langdon said.
‘For five long hours she slept her heat away.
‘After five hours of a very terrifying wait, my daughter Alyssa Jayde New, five years old from Yarrabilba, went missing and never returned home from the school but was finally returned home not crying to a very emotional happy mother.’
The Queensland Police Service confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the girl was found safe inside the bus, and the missing person investigation was now closed.
A spokesman for Logan Coaches said it was investigating how the incident occurred.
Ms Langdon thanked the Jimboomba and Beaudesert Police, as well as families who helped search for her little girl.
‘Please parents, time is precious, every parent in the country, please hug your beautiful children tonight and appreciate everything,’ she said.
She said she would not be sending her daughter back to Jimboomba State School and warned Logan Coaches to expect a letter from her lawyer.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the incident was a ‘wake-up call’.
Alyssa pictured together with the police officers who searched for her on Monday night
‘It would have been a horrific few hours for the parents not knowing what happened to their daughter, thankfully she has been found safe,’ Ms Palaszczuk told the ABC.
She said bus companies needed to ensure their vehicles were empty of passengers before going to the depot.
She also said it was important young students were familiar with their bus routes.
Ms Palaszczuk said her education and transport ministers would be in contact with Logan Coaches to investigate the incident.