Florida daycare driver arrested for manslaughter over boy's death

From Reuters - August 10, 2017

(Reuters) - A 51-year-old female driver for an Orlando daycare center was arrested on Thursday for aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was left for hours inside a van belonging to the center on a hot Florida day, police said.

Police named Deborah Denise St. Charles of Orlando as the driver of the vehicle in which the child, Myles Hill, was left for most of the daylight hours on Monday.

The local medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Hill ruled the toddler died as a result of "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," according to an arrest affidavit.

St. Charles also worked in a classroom at one of the two Orlando daycare centers owned by Little Miracles Academy, and was in one of the classrooms while Myles was left outside in the center's parking lot in the van, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said St. Charles did not follow Florida Administrative Code for child care facilities, including reporting in a driver's log that each child, by name, has left the vehicle. Also, the affidavit says, she did not make the required visual sweep of the vehicle to ensure that no child was left inside, nor did she get a signature of a second child car facility staff member verifying that the driver's log shows that each child has left the vehicle.


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