Child found dead in van at day care, Orlando Police say

An Orlando, Florida, toddler is dead after allegedly being left in a hot day care van all day.

The small Myles would have remained at the back of the minibus the day care he was attending for almost 12 hours.

"It's believed that Myles was in the van, the hot van, all day long, since 9 a.m", Mina said Tuesday.

Temperatures in Orlando reached a high of 94 degrees on Monday, The Associated Press reported, though the temperature inside the vehicle could have easily been much higher. The worker "did admit to not doing a headcount", said Mina, which led to the child being left in the van "all day".

"This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented".

Mina said the boy was supposed to have been dropped off at the second location on Colonial Drive but was instead taken to the day care's facility on Plymouth Avenue, where he was found on the floor of the bus more than 11 hours later. The Florida Department of Children and Families are also conducting their own separate investigation into the incident. 'I'm numb. I don't know how to feel'.

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Family members released balloons into the air to memorialize the child as well-wishers placed stuffed animals and candles at a growing memorial outside the day care center. The fire department pronounced the 3-year-old dead at the scene, according to ABC. "I know what it is like losing a loved one".

If the autopsy confirmed that Miles died from being left in a hot vehicle, he will be the 32nd child to die that way so far in 2017, and the fifth in Florida. "I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day", said Thornton.

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.

The teachers of the nursery have then checked the van and found the lifeless body of the child.

The facility had been cited last month for failing to maintain a log of van pickups, drop-offs and times for both.

"It's not right, it's not fair", she said.

  • Megan Austin