Three-year-old boy dead, day care van driver might face charges

  • Three-year-old boy dead, day care van driver might face charges

Three-year-old boy dead, day care van driver might face charges

The driver of a child care center's minivan has been arrested after she allegedly forgot to conduct a headcount and left a 3-year-old boy in the hot van for almost 12 hours, where he died, PEOPLE confirms.

Deborah Denise St. Charles was arrested Thursday in the death of Myles Hill, who didn't survive the 11 hours he spent trapped in a parked vehicle outside Little Miracles Academy in Orlando, the authorities said. She's accused of leaving young Myles Hill in a van outside his day care for more than 11 hours on Monday, a day in which outdoor temperature in Orlando hit as high as 93 degrees.

Orlando police Chief John Mina said Myles was supposed to have been dropped off Monday morning at another day care center but instead he was taken to the location where his body was later found. She admitted to not performing a head count, police said.

A separate investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families found multiple violations committed by St. Charles and other staff members.

"This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented", Mina said at a news conference earlier in the week.

The boy, identified as Myles Hill, was found dead Monday evening inside a van at the center.

After turning over the payment for Myles' childcare, St. Charles then left that location and drove to another Little Miracles Academy located on Plymouth Avenue, she told police, according to the affidavit. Hill remained in the van, police said. Investigators say they received a call from another employee at that location around 8:30 p.m. on August 7 regarding a dead child. An average of 37 children die each year in hot cars, according to safety organization Kids and Cars. "Based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down", the statement added".

According to Frady, Little Miracles had been cited in the past for not keeping proper paperwork. "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.

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

ABC in Orlando reports she is listed as a Child Care Personnel/School Readiness Personnel employee at Little Miracles.

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

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