Florida day care owner speaks out after child found dead in van

Child found dead in van at day care, Orlando Police say

A toddler in Orlando, Florida died Tuesday after being left behind in a hot day care van for nearly 12 hours, according to The Washington Post.

The police believed the boy had been in the vehicle since around 9 a.m.

Temperatures in Orlando reached 34C (93F) on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Charges are pending against the driver of the van, who has been cooperative with authorities, Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters during a news conference Tuesday.

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. The Florida Department of Children and Families are also conducting their own separate investigation into the incident. "I'm numb. I don't know how to feel", she told WKMG.

Barbara Livingston, Myles' aunt, said when she arrived at the scene Monday evening she asked one of the day care workers where the boy was.




So far in 2017, 32 children have died from heatstroke after being left in hot cars, according to a national database.

She said she was on the phone to Myles" grandmother when she found out what had happened to him: She started to scream, "he's in the van, dead!' "I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day", said Thornton. Myles' grandmother and legal guardian called the center when he was not dropped off again in the afternoon. The toddler was found unresponsive at about 8:30 p.m. after Orlando police received a 911 call about child neglect at Little Miracles Academy.

The facility, at 900 Plymouth Ave., near Gore Street, is presently closed for business.

"The facility's log for children transported did not include destination time, arrival time, destination location, and departure location", according to an inspection report. Other violations included not having a caretakers in sight when the children were napping and not keeping attendance records during a fire drill, the records say.

"He was always doing something", she said.

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