Daycare owner apologizes in child's death

A young boy was found dead in a van Monday evening at a day care, Orlando Police said.

Miles was found dead Monday night and police say he had been inside the van for almost 12 hours. His grandmother called police when he didn't return home by 8 p.m. On Monday, there was a high temperature in Orlando when this incident took place, the high temperature was around 93 degrees Fahrenheit.

Charges are pending against the driver, who told police she did not do a head count when dropping off the children, Mina said.

The employee is very distraught and is cooperating with authorities, Mina said.

According to the chief of police, the driver of the pickup truck would be gone for several children at home to drive them to daycare and then would be left to park a few blocks away, without realizing that a child was still on board. The police began a missing child investigation. "I'm numb. I don't know how to feel", she told WKMG.

Mina said an employee, who has not been named publicly, had used the van Monday to move a group of children, including Myles, from one location to another. If confirmed, Myles' death in a hot auto would be the fifth for a Florida child this year and the 32nd nationwide, Mina said. "I loved Myles, I took care of Myles since he was a baby", she said.

State inspection records show that the day care was not in compliance last month with a rule about keeping logs on transporting children. Records show they filed to open the day care in 2009.

Little Miracles Academy has been previously found not following rules created to protect children, according to records from the Florida Department of Children and Families reviewed by local media. Both locations were closed Tuesday morning. He was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The department reported that the preschool-aged child was found dead inside the van. She also alerted Little Miracles Academy of her grandson's absence, which led the day care staff to check the van and discover Hall's unresponsive body. "It would've been different if she had come out", Esters said.

  • Joey Payne