Bond set for day care worker charged in death of toddler

  • Bond set for day care worker charged in death of toddler

Bond set for day care worker charged in death of toddler

A Florida day care van driver is facing charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was left in a sweltering hot van for 11 hours before being discovered.

Police Chief John Mina said the cause of death of Hill remains unknown pending the autopsy, but authorities believed it was heat-related due to the evidence they gathered.

Officials with the state agency said Tuesday that the department had opened its own investigation into the death and two locations of the Little Miracles Academy are now closed. "I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day", said Thornton. Orlando police crime scene investigators said the van, at noon, would have reached between 115 and 144 degrees.

"I'm so sorry, I'm sorry for your loss and I don't want y'all to be upset at me".

Robert Nesmith, Thornton's lawyer, told reporters earlier Wednesday that if DCF moved to shut down the facilities, they would respond as necessary.

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

A spokesperson with the Orlando Police Department said that police did not expect to file any charges or make any arrests on Wednesday, but did not comment on future charges. On attendance logs from Monday, Myles was marked present despite being locked inside the van.

"Please ensure that we are checking our vehicles for our kids", Mina said, pleading with parents and caregivers.

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.

Deborah St. Charles faces aggravated manslaughter for the death of Myles Hill, investigators say.

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

Although the employees at Little Miracles Academy told the family and relatives of Hill that he was not seen at the day care center for the whole day, they never told them that he was not in when his relatives called the employees to ask about the kid's uniform.

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. In March this year, the Little Miracles Academy staff was found to be not within sight and hearing while the children napped.

'The facility's log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.]. The department would have reviewed the issue again at the next licensing inspection, Sims said.