Driver Arrested After Toddler Found Dead in Day Care Van in Orlando

Orlando day care worker charged in death of 3-year-old left in hot van for nearly 12 hours

Driver Arrested After Toddler Found Dead in Day Care Van in Orlando

Deborah Denise St Charles, 51, from Orlando, was supposed to drop Myles Hill at Little Miracles Academy on Monday but said she forgot to check all the children had left the vehicle. St. Charles reportedly failed to check that no children were left behind.

Police arrested the driver of a day care van after a three-year-old boy was found dead inside the sweltering vehicle Monday. He allegedly had been forgotten about by the driver, an employee of Little Miracles Academy, and had spent almost 12 hours in the vehicle, WESH2 reports.

However, when the other children were let out, Myles, who was sitting in the backseat, was left behind, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

During the simulation, at about 10 a.m. ET, when Myles had been in the vehicle for just an hour, the interior temperature was already 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius), the affidavit said. It was unclear whether the employee locked the van after using it.

Myles was left in the van where police say temperatures could have reached more than 140 degrees.

Police said the boy was picked up Monday morning at one of the academy's locations.

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This facility was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork. "Based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down", the statement added".

The department delivered an emergency suspension order to Thornton. Investigators say they received a call from another employee at that location around 8:30 p.m. on August 7 regarding a dead child.

On Wednesday, Audrey Thornton, the center's owner, issued a public apology and asked for forgiveness. "I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for your loss and I don't want you all to be upset at me".

'Anyone who knows me... they know I took care of my kids, I love my kids. The employee who left Hill in a vehicle has been fired, and Thornton's lawyer plans to respond to the order "as necessary".

"This investigation could have been better", he said.

Police said he had been in the van for 12 hours.

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Orlando Police Chief John Mina called it "an absolute tragedy which could have been prevented".

If an autopsy shows Miles died as a results of being left in a hot vehicle, he would become the 32nd child this year to die that way in the US, and the fifth in Florida, Mina said.

Deborah St. Charles faces aggravated manslaughter for the death of Myles Hill, investigators say. Myles was pronounced dead nine minutes later, the affidavit states.

In 2015, the day care center also failed to place a signed Child Abuse, and Neglect Reporting Requirements form in its personnel records.

Orlando Police Detective Shane Overfield wrote in the arrest report that "this negligent act was committed with an utter disregard for the safety of the children she is responsible for transporting during the normal course of duties as a day care service provider and driver of the child care transport vehicle".

Earlier Thursday, officials with the Department of Children and Families confirmed to News 6 that St. Charles was not approved as a driver on the facility's roster.

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During the pickup, Myles' grandmother, Brenda Watts, provided St. Charles with the payment for Myles' childcare and placed him in the back of the van on the driver's side, the affidavit states.

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