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

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

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

Myles had been picked up from his grandmother's home that morning to be dropped off by St. Charles at Little Miracles Academy with six other children.

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

The details about the investigation into 3-year-old Myles Hill's death came with the arrest of the worker who drove the Little Miracles Day Care van, 51-year-old Deborah St. Charles. Temperatures hit 93 degrees on Monday. Investigators say they received a call from another employee at that location around 8:30 p.m. on August 7 regarding a dead child.

If so, Myles would be the 32nd child this year to die in a hot vehicle in the United States - and the fifth in Florida, Mina said.

Two other children were on the bench and then St. Charles picked up another child on her way to Little Miracles Academy.

St. Charles appeared to fight back tears during the short hearing, and only spoke when the judge addressed her.

St. Charles returned to the van and drove it to Little Miracles Academy I on Plymouth Avenue.

Thornton said she had just arrived home from work when she received the call that Myles was missing. Police did not say what the procedure of the day care center was whenever children were not present for the day.

St. Charles is charged with aggravated manslaughter stemming from culpable negligence.

"While on the phone, the suspect opened the driver's side sliding door and grabbed some personal property from the floor behind the center console and locked the van without inspecting the interior", according to the affidavit.

The temperature in the van was as high as 144 degrees by 3 p.m. Monday, investigators said. The Orange County Medical Examiner declared Myles' death as an accident as the result of hyperthermia, or heat stroke. We are conducting a thorough investigation and are assisting law enforcement with their criminal investigation.

DCF has revoked the day care center's operating license and fined it $2,750. Based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down.

Little Miracles Academy "was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork", Carroll said. "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.

Police said the child was supposed to have been dropped off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center instead of the location he was taken to.

DCF officials said anyone who drives a vehicle for a day care facility must meet certain requirements.

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