Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Child's Death Raises Question Of Daycare Oversight — Intersection

Child's Death Raises Question Of Daycare Oversight — Intersection

Orlando police said Deborah St. Charles, 51, the driver of the Little Miracles day care van where Myles Hill was found, is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Police say Saint Charles got out of the van twice without checking for Myles.

"Tragedies like this can be avoided", Mina said.

The driver faces charges of aggravated manslaughter and Florida Department of Children and Families have launched an investigation into the nursery. Mina has said that St. Charles has been cooperative.

DCF gave Little Miracles Academy five licensing violations in the past two years, CNN writes.

Orlando police on Wednesday conducted a simulation of the conditions they believe the boy suffered before death, the affidavit said.

Wearing dark sunglasses and sobbing loudly, Thornton directed her pleas toward members of Myles' family.

"It's wrong. How (are) you going to leave a child in a van?". "He had to lose his life because of someone's neglect".

The boy, identified as Myles Hill, was found dead Monday evening inside a van at the center. The driver told the police that she got out of the van and opened the rear hatch to get some cleaning supplies that she was supposed to deliver to the center.

Thornton said she had just returned home when she heard about the boy's body being discovered.

On Tuesday, the Orlando Police Department executed a search warrant on the day care's Plymouth Avenue location and obtained the logs, which did not comply with the standards required by the state of Florida, the affidavit states. "The family had to call the police". Myles Hill was found dead Monday night. Temperatures hit 93 degrees on Monday. Investigators recreated a simulation of what the heat was like in the van on the day Myles died, and found temperatures reaching 144 degrees. The "unbearable environment" caused Myles' death, according to the medical examiner, who determined his cause of death was hyperthermia.

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 USA, and the fifth in Florida, Mina said. Data shows that since 1998, 732 children have died that way.

The Little Miracles Academy remains closed pending investigation. A Facebook page for the center appeared to be deactivated, and its website was down.

St. Charles then picked up one more child and drove to the Little Miracles Academy's location on West Colonial Drive, according to the affidavit. The 11-year-old rode in the front passenger's seat, which should not have happened because of the air bag, the DCF report said.

St. Charles, who was tearful during the hearing Friday, was a child-care personnel/school-readiness employee at the day care.

According to Frady, Little Miracles had been cited in the past for not keeping proper paperwork. "Based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down", the statement added". "We will continue to aggressively act to keep kids safe and will hold anyone accountable who doesn't follow the law".

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