Florida shuts day care where 3-year-old died

Deborah St. Charles

Deborah St. Charles

Later that day, the Florida Department of Children and Families issued an emergency suspension order for Little Miracles Academy.

'I'm so sorry just give me a chance to talk to you and explain'. Thornton and her attorney did not return PEOPLE's calls for comment. After failing to do a headcount, she drove to the day care's other location on Plymouth Road and got out without checking the vehicle, police said.

A three-year-old boy died after being left inside a day care van for hours.

This facility was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork.

A day-care worker checked the van, police said, and authorities received a call from the academy about an unresponsive child in a vehicle. She asked his family to forgive her and said she loved the child she cared for since he was a baby.

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.

Myles Hill's body was found in the backseat of a van parked outside the daycare center Monday evening.

The employee who drove the van did say that when the kids were taken to the second location, there was no head count. Myles was pronounced dead nine minutes later, the affidavit states.

Myles was supposed to have been dropped off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center but instead the boy was taken to the location where he was found on the floor of the vehicle more than 11 hours later.

Mina said the death of the toddler could have been prevented. Each found several violations and failed procedures.

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".

In March 2017, the department found that staff were not "within sight and hearing" of the children during nap time, staff members failed to keep a current record of attendance on hand during a fire drill and staff failed to store medications "out of a child's reach".

The grandmother of Hill and a legal guardian called Little Miracles Academy that afternoon because the boy was not dropped off at their home.

'The facility's log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.].

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