State wants day care's license revoked after boy's hot van death

Officials with the Department of Children and Families have recommended that the license be revoked for the Orlando day care where a toddler died in August after being left in a hot van for hours.

According to WKMG, DCF also wants Little Miracles Academy to be fined $5,500 in the death of Myles Hill.

The driver of the van, Deborah St. Charles, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the Aug. 7 death.

St. Charles picked Myles up from his great grandmother's home at 7:42 a.m. Monday, placing him on the driver's side rear bench on the van. After picking up two more children, St. Charles drove to Little Miracles Academy 2 on West Colonial Drive and parked.

She walked around the van to grab cleaning supplies out of the back of the van and the children got out of the van and walked into the day care with her, according to the report. She assumed all of the children had gone into Little Miracles and did not perform a headcount, St. Charles told police.

St. Charles returned to the van and drove it to Little Miracles Academy. When St. Charles parked the van she received a phone call, and was on the phone when she grabbed her personal belongings and locked the van without looking around, the report shows.

St. Charles then went into the Plymouth Avenue day care to her classroom, worked her shift and went home around 6 p.m., she told police.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the boy was likely in the van since 9 a.m. after St. Charles locked up the vehicle. Temperatures hit 93 degrees that day. Orlando police crime scene investigators said the van, at noon, would have reached between 115 and 144 degrees.

 

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