ORLANDO, Fla.- A Florida day care van driver has been arrested just days after a child was were dead inside the vehicle at the end of a sweltering summertime day, law enforcement officials.
Deborah Denise St. Charles, 51, of Orlando, has been charged with exacerbated manslaughter in the death of 3-year-old Myles Hill.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina told Hill expended the working day in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy before he was discovered Monday night. Mina has said that St. Charles has been cooperative.
Detectives say the demise was caused by the heat. Temperatures reached a high of 94 -degrees Fahrenheit in Orlando on Monday. Temperatures inside a vehicle under the summer sunlight can rise much higher.
“This is an absolute misfortune that could have been prevented, ” Mina told at a press conference earlier in the week.
Myles was supposed to have been fell off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care centre but instead the son was taken to the location where he was found on the floor of the vehicle more than 11 hours later. It was too early to say why Myles was taken to the incorrect location, but the driver “did admit to not doing a head count, ” Mina said.
Florida Department of Children and Family records present the Little Miracles Academy was seen not in compliance last month with a rule involving day care centres to preserve logs of the time infants arrive, where they were supposed to be transported and what time they departed.
Officials with the nation bureau said Tuesday that the department had opened its own investigation into the death and two locations of the Little Miracles Academy are now closed.
“DCF is seeking every legal option available to cease operations by tomorrow at both of these facilities, ” Mike Carroll, the agency’s secretary, said in a statement.
Mina said Myles’ death was the fifth fatality in Florida this year involving a child left in a hot vehicle. He pleaded with parents and caregivers to set their cellphones, billfolds or handbags in the back seat with their children so they are reminded to look back there when they leave their vehicles.
“Every time we hear about this … it hurts us all, ” Mina said.
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