'Preschool-Aged' Child Found Dead In Van Outside Orlando-Area Daycare Center

Police said they received reports that a child was in a van in the parking lot of Little Miracles Academy on Monday night
Police said they received reports that a child was in a van in the parking lot of Little Miracles Academy on Monday night
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10 August, 2017

ORLANDO | A child of three years was found dead Monday night in a vehicle exposed to the sun in Orlando Florida.

The police told reporters, Hill was found dead at around 6:30 p.m.in the back of the van which was parked at the Little Miracles Academy day care center.

The police believed the boy had been in the vehicle since around 9 a.m. Temperatures in Orlando climbed to 94 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday.

"It is believed Myles was in the van, the hot van, all day long since 9 a.m.", Police Chief John Mina said.

"This is an absolute tragedy which could have been prevented", Mina told the newspaper.

She also called the day care, where a worker checked the van, found the boy, and called 911, Mina said. "I'm numb. I don't know how to feel", she told WKMG.

Family members released balloons into the air to memorialize the child as well-wishers placed stuffed animals and candles at a growing memorial outside the day care center.

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At least 31 other children in the US, including four in Florida, have died after being left in hot cars this year, WKMG-tv reports. WKMG reported that after an inspection into Little Miracles Academy last month, the state cited the day-care center for logging practices during transportation.

"Anybody who knows me, knows i'm going to fight for what's mine", Thornton said. They said they'll give a statement later in the day.

According to the Police Chief, Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is investigating the Little Miracles Academy. The child was found dead.

Friends and family members chanted, "Justice for Myles", outside the Little Miracles Academy as they held candles and remembered the boy.

If Myles' death is determined to be heat-related, he will be the 32nd child this year to die in a hot vehicle in the United States - and the fifth in Florida, police said.

According to an inspection report, "The facility's log for children transported did not include destination time, arrival time, destination location, and departure location". She thought of her own 4-year-old grandson and said she was saddened and angry.


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