The Florida day care worker accused of leaving a 3-year-old boy in a hot van for nearly 12 hours has been arrested.
Suspect Deborah St. Charles, 51, is facing aggravated manslaughter charges, Orlando police said.
St. Charles was a child care personnel/school readiness employee at Little Miracles Academy in Orlando, officials with the state Department of Children and Families said. but she was not an “approved” driver.
The boy, identified as Myles Hill, was found dead Monday evening inside a van at the center. Hill died from hyperthermia due to environmental exposure, authorities said, and the manner of death was listed as an accident.
Police said the boy was picked up Monday morning at one of the academy’s locations.
When the van arrived at a second facility around 9 a.m., St. Charles failed to do a headcount, police said.
Investigators said the boy's guardian eventually realized the child was not at home and first called the day care around 8 Monday night, and then called 911. Police found Myles' body in the van 30 minutes later.
Temperatures inside the van were as high as 144 degrees at 3 p.m., investigators said.
"I'm so sorry. I took care of my kids. I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day," said Thornton.
Read more here.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.