Day care worker arrested in boy's death makes first court appearance

St. Charles also worked in a classroom at one of the two Orlando daycare centers owned by Little Miracles Academy, and was in one of the classrooms while Myles was left outside in the center's parking lot in the van, the affidavit said. In March this year, the Little Miracles Academy staff was found to be not within sight and hearing while the children napped. Instead, he was found dead Monday night, and police say he had been inside the van for almost 12 hours. She worked in her classroom at the day care until 6 p.m. Hill was not found dead until 8:28 p.m.

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

When the van arrived at a second facility around 9 a.m., St. Charles failed to do a headcount, police said.

St. Charles was arrested on Thursday and the Department of Children and Families revoked the operating license for both facilities.

Charles, 51, is now being charged in the death of 3-year-old Myles Hill.

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

The boy's aunt, Barbara Livingston, said that when she asked daycare workers where her nephew was, they said he was "gone". Police say driver's logs that were supposed to account for the children were not kept to the standard required by Florida law. "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 daycare service provider and driver of the child care transport vehicle".

WESH 2 Investigates collected information on the number of deaths in day care centers.

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

"Our hearts are broken about the senseless loss of Myles and we will continue to support his family", a spokesman for the state agency said in a statement to the news station.

Relatives tell local news outlets that Myles Hill would have turned 4 on August 22. 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.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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