An Orlando, Florida, toddler is dead after allegedly being left in a hot day care van all day.
Orlando police said they received a call Monday night about suspected child neglect at Little Miracles Academy. There, they discovered Myles Hill’s lifeless body in a van located in the center’s parking lot. The fire department pronounced the 3-year-old dead at the scene, according to ABC.
Authorities suspect the child was left in the van for 12 hours. The Orlando Sentinel reported that temperatures reached the low 90s—with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees—on the day in question.
The boy’s family told WKMG that the toddler is usually home by 6 p.m. His grandmother called police when he didn’t return home by 8 p.m.
“If you leave your child with someone, that person has the responsibility of taking care of them,” the victim’s great-aunt, Barbra Livingston, told the Sentinel.
“He had to lose his life because of someone’s neglect. It’s not right. It’s not right at all. If you have six kids get in the van, you make sure six kids get out of the van.”
The Orlando Political Observer noted that Little Miracles Academy closed their doors until further notice and deactivated their Facebook account following the fatal incident. Still, parents were seen taking their children to the closed day care Tuesday, unaware of the child’s death.
According to documents obtained by WKMG, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) cited the day care last month for not keeping track of the children they were transporting.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina told the station that charges are pending against the day care worker who failed to perform a head count, essentially leaving the tot to die.
Mina said, “This is your worst nightmare come true.”
Hill is the fifth kid to die in Florida—and the 32nd in the nation—to die in a hot car this year, according to NoHeatStroke.org.
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