'Preschool-Aged' Child Found Dead In Van Outside Orlando-Area Daycare Center
Aug 10 2017
The boy's grandmother, who has custody, tried calling workers at the Little Miracles Academy in Orlando, but couldn't reach its owners, so she called police and visited the day care herself, Livingston said.
"Nobody else should have to go through what I'm going through", said Myles' mother. "If you have six kids get in the van, you make sure six kids get out of the van". "I took care of all of my kids, I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them everyday".
Orlando Chief of Police John Mina said the child is believed to have been left in the van since around 9:00 a.m. that morning, as outside temperatures peaked at about 93 degrees Fahrenheit.
"If you leave your child with someone, that person has the responsibility of taking care of them", Livingston told the newspaper.
That employee has since been fired, Thornton said. The Florida Department of Children and Families will be conducting an institutional investigation on the daycare center.
The facility, at 900 Plymouth Ave., near Gore Street, is presently closed for business.
"Our hearts are broken by the news of the loss of this child and we will assist all those who loved Myles in any way possible as they mourn this tragedy", DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement to local CBS affiliate WKMG. Day-care employees were speaking with police, Bernal said.
Detectives are also still awaiting autopsy results but believe that the cause of death will be pretty straightforward. Mina said it was still unclear why Myles was taken to the wrong location, but said the driver "did admit to not doing a head count" when the children were taken off the van at around 9 a.m. Four other children have already died in hot cars in Florida in 2017, according to the site.
His family, who attended a vigil for Myles, have called for the nursery to be shut down.
State records dating to 2015 show that Little Miracles Academy has been cited for lax practices regarding personnel records, supervision and transportation, according to CNN.
Flowers create a makeshift memorial August 8, 2017, in Orlando, in front of a day-care center where a toddler was found dead. According to the department, all child care personnel are required by law to report any "suspicions of child abuse, neglect or abandonment". The facility's log did not include elements such as arrival and departure times and destination locations, according to the report. "It would've been different if she had come out", Esters said.