3-Year-Old Died in a Daycare Van, Driver Arrested

Deborah Denise St. Charles
               Orlando Police Department

Mina said charges are pending against the day care worker who failed to perform a head count, leaving Myles in the van all day.

An Orlando day care employee was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a van, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Hill was found dead Monday night and police say he had been inside the van for almost 12 hours. Also, the affidavit says, she did not make the required visual sweep of the vehicle to ensure that no child was left inside, nor did she get a signature of a second child auto facility staff member verifying that the driver's log shows that each child has left the vehicle. The employee is expected to face charges in Myles' death.

Little Miracles Academy "was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork", Carroll said. "Based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down", the statement added". "We will continue to aggressively act to keep kids safe and will hold anyone accountable who doesn't follow the law", a DCF spokesman said.

Orlando police crime scene investigators said the temperature inside the van, at noon, would have reached 133 degrees and by 3 p.m., 144 degrees.

Audrey Thornton, who owns the daycare, begged for forgiveness from the boy's family on Wednesday at an emotional press conference. Thornton and her attorney did not return PEOPLE's calls for comment. "I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for your loss and I don't want you all to be upset at me". She asked his family to forgive her and said she loved the child she cared for since he was a baby. "I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day", said Thornton.

"This investigation could have been better", he said.

According to Orlando police, Myles was picked up Monday morning with other children and was supposed to be dropped off at another Little Miracles location instead of the one he was taken to.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina called it "an absolute tragedy which could have been prevented". An average of 37 children die each year in hot cars, according to safety organization Kids and Cars. St. Charles allegedly told detectives that around 7:40 a.m. earlier that morning, she had picked up Myles from the apartment where he lived with his family, collected daycare payment from Myles' great grandmother and placed him on the van's rear bench seat. On attendance logs from Monday, Myles was marked present despite being locked inside the van.

'The facility's log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.].