Police find young child dead in van outside Florida day care

Posted August 10, 2017

The report notes that Myles, who was going to turn 4 on August 22, was supposed to have been dropped off Monday morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center but was instead taken to the location where he was later found on the floor of the vehicle more than 11 hours later.

Results from Myles's autopsy are still pending, but Orlando detectives believe the cause of death will be heat related. The Orlando Sentinel reported that temperatures reached the low 90s-with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees-on the day in question. 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 your worst nightmare come true", Mina told reporters, adding that the "absolute tragedy" could've been prevented.

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.

His grandmother, who has custody of Myles, called the daycare to find out why the van hadn't brought him home. "There should have been some kind of head count", Chaney told News 13.

The van had reportedly left the daycare's facility on Monday morning and headed to its other center a few miles away.

Criminal charges are pending against the driver, he said. The deficiency was corrected at the time of the July 11 inspection, the report says.

State inspection records show the day care was not in compliance last month with a rule about keeping logs on transporting children. Four other children have already died in hot cars in Florida in 2017, according to the site. According to the department, all child care personnel are required by law to report any "suspicions of child abuse, neglect or abandonment".

At 8:30 pm, OPD received a call about a child in a van in lot of Little Miracles Academy. They also own and operate a second day care facility in Orlando and both facilities are "closed until further notice", according to sign posted outside both locations.