Dallasblack.com: 3-Year-Old Dies After Daycare Worker Left Him Inside Hot Van For Close To 12 Hours


Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:22 PM

3-Year-Old Dies After Daycare Worker Left Him Inside Hot Van For Close To 12 Hours

By: Monya Fleming

3-Year-Old Dies After Daycare Worker Left Him Inside Hot Van For Close To 12 Hours
A Florida day care van driver may face criminal charges after a child was found dead inside the vehicle at the end of hot summer day. The body of 3-year-old Myles Hill was found around 8:30 p.m. on Monday after 12 hours in the hot van.

A daycare worker for Little Miracles Academy accidentally left Myles in the back seat of a van after dropping kids off for the day about 9 a.m.

The child's aunt, Barbara Livingston, revealed that family members became concerned about 8 p.m. Monday after Myles was not brought home at 6:30 p.m. The van was sometimes late, but was never that late. Barbara said the child's grandmother, who has custody, repeatedly called the day care to no avail.

The grandmother called police and went to the day care center. His aunt revealed, "I was on the phone with her and she started to scream, ‘He’s in the van, dead!’” 

The grandmother called 911, and police arrived to find Myles on the floor in the back seat of the van. 

“If you leave your child with someone, that person has the responsibility of taking care of them,” Livingston said. “He had to lose his life because of someone’s neglect. It’s not right at all. If you have six kids get in the van, you make sure six kids get out of the van.”

The daycare owners, Audrey and Bryant Thornton, who also own a second day care on West Colonial Drive, could not be reached for comment. Both daycares are “closed until further notice,” according to signs posted at the daycare facilities.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said 3-year-old Myles spent all day in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy before he was discovered Monday night. Mina refused to say what charges the day care worker could face but did say the worker has been cooperative. The driver reportedly told police she did not do a head count when dropping off the children

Mina said an autopsy would be performed, but it was likely that the boy died from heat-related causes. Myles would have turned 4 on Aug. 22.

"This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented," Mina said at a news conference. He added, "This is your worst nightmare come true."

Florida Department of Children and Families records show the Little Miracles Academy was found not in compliance last month with a rule requiring day care centers to maintain logs of the time children arrive, where they were supposed to be transported and what time they departed.

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