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

Frederick Owens
August 11, 2017

The owner of a Florida day care center where a 3-year-old boy was found dead after being left in a van all day apologized to the child's family.

UPDATE: Deborah Denise St. Charles, 51, has been arrested for Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child in the death of 3 year old Myles Hill. She then closed the rear hatch of the van and walked into the day care, "assuming all of the children had already entered the business, but [she] admitted to failing to perform a head count to be sure", according to the affidavit.

The employee who was driving the van was not an approved driver, according to David Frady, spokesman with Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Little Miracles Academy "was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork", Carroll said.

During a news conference Wednesday Audrey Thornton, the day care owner, told reporters that she was sorry and that the boy's death was a mistake.

The boy's family had called police after noticing he hadn't returned home from the daycare more than two hours after he was expected home.

DCF officials wrote that the safety violations present "an immediate serious danger to the public health, safety and welfare", of the children and the day care's license should immediately be suspended. The "unbearable environment" caused Myles' death, according to the medical examiner, who determined his cause of death was hyperthermia. We are conducting a thorough investigation and are assisting law enforcement with their criminal investigation.

"I want everybody to pay for their actions".

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"I'm so sorry. I took care of my kids. I loved Myles, I took care of Myles since he was a baby".

Thornton said she won't let DCF shut down her business permanently.

The state believes a 1-year-old girl died in her mother's hot vehicle as she was getting her hair done during a five and a half hour appointment.

Sgt Eduardo Bernal said on Monday night that the force does not yet know how long the child had been in the van.

ABC in Orlando reports she is listed as a Child Care Personnel/School Readiness Personnel employee at Little Miracles.

"The facility's log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.]".

In March 2017, the department found that staff were not "within sight and hearing" of the children during nap time, staff members failed to keep a current record of attendance on hand during a fire drill and staff failed to store medications "out of a child's reach".

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