‘You got s--- to say about my parenting?’
THE mother of a five-year-old girl trapped on a school bus for five hours has lashed out at those criticising her parenting - while calling for donations within hours of her daughter being found.
A massive police search took place on Monday afternoon after Alyssa Jayde New failed to get off a bus after her first day of Year 1 at Jimboomba State School, southwest of Brisbane.
Police were initially told the little girl had not boarded the bus after school, but she was discovered later trapped inside the vehicle at the company's Logan depot.
Police said she had fallen asleep in a seat at the back of the bus, out of view of the driver.
An initial investigation revealed the driver had not done an end-of-shift sweep.
The girl's mother, Bobbie Langdon, took to social media begging for help to find Alyssa.
It is understood it was Ms Langdon's ex-husband who called police at 4.40pm after discovering Alyssa was missing.
"They couldn't find her anywhere, so panic mode hit," Ms Langdon told media.
"It was very stressful. I came home with my three year old and I didn't leave the house. And as each hour went past it got tougher."
Alyssa was found soon after 7pm, with Ms Langdon posting on Facebook that the bus company would be hearing from her lawyer.
"Alyssa was located petrified and crying banging on the school bus doors to get out," she wrote.
"For 5 long hours she slept her heat away (sic).
"My daughter will not be attending Jimboomba State School anymore."
Neighbours said the bus stop was located about 600m away outside a Coles and McDonald's.
Ms Langdon said she was pulling her daughter out of the school, before asking members of the public to deposit money into her bank account "so I can tomorrow take her away to Dreamworld for a few days - all donations welcome to help Alyssa".
She later lashed out after dozens of people criticised her on social media for putting her daughter on the bus alone.
"You got s--- to say about my parenting?" she wrote to one.
"You get your facts straight b----.
"I'll be pressing charges on you and every other person that made comments on my life and the way I live! How f----- dare you make judgment on me or my family over social media.
"Get ready, I'll see you in court."
Staff at the school said they hadn't seen Alyssa in classes yesterday, and Ms Langdon was also keeping a low profile.
School employees and Logan Coaches drivers were double-checking students' names as they left the school gate at pick-up time yesterday.
"It's fairly rural," one parent said outside the school.
"If the mother can't drive, what is she supposed to do?"
Officials have expressed their shock, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a wakeup call for Queensland bus companies.
"If they finish for the day they should go and double check that there is no one in those seats," she said.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said he was disturbed by the incident.
"It is completely unacceptable and we need to make sure that this can't happen again," he said.
Logan Coaches has confirmed its finalising its investigation into the ordeal and has stood down the driver involved until the matter is resolved.
Child safety champions Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who were named Citizens of the Year at the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day awards yesterday, said there should be a heightened awareness about children's movements at the start of the school year.
"They can still be learning the ropes," Mr Morcombe said.
"As a community we should be aware that the start of the new school year brings a few issues and keep a look out for children showing any signs of distress or looking like they've been left behind."