The Latest: Florida shuts day care where 3-year-old died
Posted August 9
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Latest on the death of a Florida boy left in a hot van (all times local):
Florida authorities are temporarily shuttering two day care centers connected to the death of a 3-year-old-boy.
The Florida Department of Children and Families on Wednesday issued an emergency suspension order to close two locations of the Little Miracles Academy. Myles Hill was found dead Monday night. Police say he had been inside the van for nearly 12 hours.
Jessica Sims, a spokesman for the agency, said no children will be present or cared for at either facility starting Thursday and lasting until the state "determines it is safe for them to return."
DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement that officials were assisting law enforcement with a criminal investigation into the death. He noted that the facility was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork.
The owner of a Florida day care center where a 3-year-old boy was found dead after being left in a van all day apologized to the child's family.
Audrey Thornton said Wednesday at a news conference at her attorney's office that she was extremely sorry about the death of Myles Hill.
Hill was found dead Monday night and police say he had been inside the van for nearly 12 hours.
Orlando police Chief John Mina said Hill was supposed to have been dropped off Monday morning at another day care center but instead he was taken to the location where his body was later found. The driver admitted to "not doing a head count."
More than 100 people gathered to remember a 3-year-old Florida boy who was found dead in a van parked outside his day care center.
Relatives tell local news outlets that Myles Hill would have turned 4 on Aug. 22. Instead, he was found dead Monday night and police say he had been inside the van for nearly 12 hours.
During a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night Chiel Banks remembered her son as a happy child, adding she called him "my baby genius, 'cause he knew everything."
Orlando police Chief John Mina said Myles was supposed to have been dropped off Monday morning at another day care center but instead he was taken to the location where his body was later found. The driver admitted to "not doing a head count."
This story has been corrected to show that Myles Hill was supposed to be dropped off at another daycare on Monday morning, not Tuesday morning.