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

Ross Houston
August 8, 2017

The young boy was found Monday night in a parked van outside the day care center. Later that evening, when Myles was supposed to be dropped off at his grandmother's house, his grandmother called the police and a missing child investigation was launched, police said.

The boy, believed to be around three years old, was found after Orlando Police received a call about a child being left in a van outside Little Miracles Academy on Monday around 8.30pm.

Officers found Myles Hill on the floor of the back seat of the van, and paramedics pronounced him dead, Mina said.

"Myles would have turned 4 years old on August 22", Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference this morning. Orlando Police officials say they don't know how long the child was in the van.

The day care driver then returned to the initial day care center and didn't realize Myles was still in the van, police said.

Mina said criminal charges are pending against the day-care worker, who he noted was "extremely distraught", although authorities are still awaiting the autopsy results.

The boy's aunt, Barbara Livingston, said that when she asked daycare workers where her nephew was, they said he was "gone". He's gone, she was told.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the death.

WESH 2 News has been reviewing inspection records and found on July 11, the state reported the daycare's transportation was not in "compliance" because the log did not include required information for arrival and departure of children.

The day care abruptly deactivated its Facebook page shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday.

"This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented", he said.

Myles was the fifth child in Florida to die this year from being left in a hot vehicle and the 32nd nationwide, Mina said.

The day-care facility did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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