Daycare driver arrested in toddler's death

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The day care driver accused in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was left for hours in a hot van has been arrested.

Two other children were on the bench and then St. Charles picked up another child on her way to Little Miracles Academy.

However, when the other children were let out, Myles, who was sitting in the backseat, was left behind, the Orlando Sentinel reports. A day-care worker checked the van and police received a call from the center about the unresponsive child in the vehicle. It was unclear whether the employee locked the van after using it.

Mina said Myles' death was the fifth fatality in Florida this year involving a child left in a hot vehicle. The employee is expected to face charges in Myles' death.

Police said the boy was picked up Monday morning at one of the academy's locations. Thornton owns two facilities, and they have both been shut down pending a thorough investigation. "We will continue to aggressively act to keep kids safe and will hold anyone accountable who doesn't follow the law", a DCF spokesman said.

The department delivered an emergency suspension order to Thornton.

The Orlando Police Department conducted a simulation Wednesday to establish the temperatures the van would have reached on Monday, according to the affidavit.

The owner of the day care center, Audrey Thornton, apologized to the family of the three-year-old.

'I'm so sorry just give me a chance to talk to you and explain'. "I loved Myles and I took care of Myles since he was a baby". The employee who left Hill in a auto has been fired, and Thornton's lawyer plans to respond to the order "as necessary".

Sheri Blanton with the Orange County Medical Examiner's office said that they are not permitted to release any information due to an active criminal investigation.

The toddler was left in the van for 12 hours while outside temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius.

In a news conference Orlando Police Chief John Mina said: "This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented".

Myles is the fifth child to die in a auto in Florida this year and the 33rd in the US.

Myles, who was marked present on the nursery register, was discovered inside the vehicle on Monday night.

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

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

The ABC affiliate in Orlando cited a DCF spokesperson in saying the driver was not approved as a driver on the facility's roster.

St. Charles returned to the van and drove it to Little Miracles Academy I on Plymouth Avenue. The department would have reviewed the issue again at the next licensing inspection, Sims said.

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