Florida day care employee arrested after child found dead in van


A Florida day care driver was charged Thursday in the death of a 3-year-old boy who authorities say was left in a van for almost 12 hours.

Myles Hill was found dead Monday evening in a van at the Little Miracles Academy.

St. Charles was the driver of the van for Little Miracles Academy.

Investigators say she was supposed to drop off Myles Hill at the daycare on Monday, but never did. According to the warrant, St. Charles turned over the payment for Myles' child care, left the facility and drove back to the original location. She handed some of the cleaning supplies to the kids and closed the van door assuming that all the children had gone inside.

St. Charles was a child care personnel/school readiness employee at Little Miracles Academy in Orlando, officials with the state Department of Children and Families said. but she was not an "approved" driver. St. Charles reportedly failed to conduct a sweep of the van after dropping off the children, and day care staff failed to perform a secondary sweep.

The boy's family told News 6 that they dropped him off earlier in the day, and that he's usually home by 6 p.m. They estimated that the hottest temperature reached 144 degrees around 3 p.m.

UPDATE: Deborah Denise St. Charles, 51, has been arrested for Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child in the death of 3 year old Myles Hill.

The Florida Department of Children and Families also announced that it is revoking the day care center's operating license and fining it $2,750.

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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.

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

"I loved Myles, and I took care of Myles since he was a baby", Thornton said.

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.

If that is confirmed, Myles will be the 32nd child this year to die in a hot auto in the U.S. "I'm numb. I don't know how to feel".

Myles would have turned 4 on August 22, Mina said.

According to the warrant, driver's logs were recovered in the facility's van where Myles' body was found, but that they "did not comply" to the standard required by the state.