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Orlando Daycare Closes After 3-Year-Old Dies in Hot Van

The Florida Department of Children and Families has issued a final order which closes the two existing locations of Little Miracles Academy. The decision comes after the August death of a 3-year-old who was left in a hot van.

Details of the Accident and Daycare Closures

According to WFTV, the DCF argued that both daycare facilities were negligent, citing the child’s death as well as issues that had occurred at both locations prior to the toddlers death.

Among the problems addressed by the DCF was a failure to track transportation logs meant to prevent kids from being left inside daycare vehicles. Investigators learned that 3-year-old Myles Hill was left in the van despite staff members marking him as present in the building.

The driver of the daycare van, Deborah St. Charles, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter. Authorities noted that St. Charles got in and out of the vehicle twice without checking for Myles. Additionally, St. Charles was not state approved to drive the daycare van.

Hot Car Child Deaths

The following facts and statistics were provided by Kidsandcars.org and Noheatstroke.org:

  • Of parents of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke, 54.25% have done so unknowingly.
  • A total of 87% of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke were 3 years of age or younger, and 54% were age one or under.
  • On average, 37 children die each year to due heatstroke from being left in a hot car.
  • Children can die of heatstroke in a car in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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