Charges in death of 3-year-old in day care's hot van


It was unclear whether the employee locked the van after using it. Also, the affidavit says, she did not make the required visual sweep of the vehicle to ensure that no child was left inside, nor did she get a signature of a second child auto facility staff member verifying that the driver's log shows that each child has left the vehicle.

Orlando police received a call at 8:30 connection with a possible child neglect case at Little Miracles Academy at 900 Plymouth Ave., Sgt. Eduardo Bernal said.

When she got there, five of the children got out, but not Myles.

Orlando police on Wednesday conducted a simulation of the conditions they believe the boy suffered before death, the affidavit said. "I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for your loss and I don't want you all to be upset at me".

Audrey Thornton said Wednesday at a news conference at her attorney's office that she was extremely sorry about the death of Myles Hill.

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

The employee who drove the van did say that when the kids were taken to the second location, there was no head count.

Police said the child was supposed to have been dropped off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center instead of the location he was taken to.

Thirty-two children have died of heatstroke this year after being left in hot cars, according to a national database.

Myles was found after his grandmother called Little Miracles Academy and asked about his whereabouts when he hadn't been dropped home.

Records said the day care violated checks that could have possibly prevented the tragedy from happening.

St. Charles told investigators that she collected Myles from his apartment early Monday morning and put him on a rear bench on the driver's side of the van, an arrest warrant affidavit notes. In 2015, the facility failed to include mandatory reporting forms in its personnel files.

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".

Investigators said that St. Charles wasn't an approved driver on the facility's roster.

She then drove to another Little Miracles location.

Nesmith said Thornton could not answer whether any changes were made at the facility after the violations were flagged.