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Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Woman arrested in daycare van death of child

Woman arrested in daycare van death of child

WKMG reported that the Florida Department of Children and Families filed an emergency suspension order Wednesday to close both Little Miracles locations.

Jessica Sims, a spokesman for the agency, said no children will be present or cared for at either facility starting Thursday and lasting until the state "determines it is safe for them to return".

"I'm so sorry, I'm sorry for your loss and I don't want y'all to be upset at me". Thornton reportedly apologized to Myles' family in her first public appearance since his death on Monday. "I loved Myles and I took care of Myles since he was a baby". She then closed the rear hatch of the van and walked into the day care, "assuming all of the children had already entered the business, but [she] admitted to failing to perform a head count to be sure", according to the affidavit.

The little boy, Myles Hill, was discovered on Monday night in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy daycare center in Orlando, Florida.

The Orlando Police Department and the Department of Children and Families conducted separate investigations.

Sheri Blanton with the Orange County Medical Examiner's office said that they are not permitted to release any information due to an active criminal investigation.

Police said he had been in the van for 12 hours.

The day-care driver told investigators that she picked up Myles from his apartment early Monday morning and put him on a rear bench on the driver's side of the van, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the boy was likely in the van since 9 a.m. after St. Charles locked up the vehicle. Myles was pronounced dead nine minutes later, the affidavit states.

Thirty-two children have died of heatstroke this year after being left in hot cars, according to a national database.

"Please ensure that we are checking our vehicles for our kids", Mina said, pleading with parents and caregivers. Each found several violations and failed procedures.

ABC in Orlando reports she is listed as a Child Care Personnel/School Readiness Personnel employee at Little Miracles. In March this year, the Little Miracles Academy staff was found to be not within sight and hearing while the children napped. In July, the department said the facility's transportation log failed to include multiple required elements, including destination and arrival times and locations.

The ABC affiliate in Orlando cited a DCF spokesperson in saying the driver was not approved as a driver on the facility's roster.

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