'Gross neglect' cited in recommendation to revoke license at day care where boy died

Little Miracles Academy facing $5,500 fine after hot van death

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Department of Children and Families has recommended that the Orlando day care where a 3-year-old boy died after being left for hours in a hot van have its license permanently revoked for what the agency calls "gross negligence."

If a judge sides with DCF's recommendation, Little Miracles Academy will also face a $5,500 fine in connection with the death of Myles Hill, who was found dead in one of the facility's vans on Aug. 7.

DCF alleges that Myles was marked present even though he never made it inside the day care facility, that a proper transportation log wasn't kept and that staff never conducted a sweep of the van to make sure no children were left behind.

"No staff member at either facility attempted to follow proper procedure on the day in question, nor did they attempt to remedy the violations by searching for Myles K. Hill, as he was missing. Myles K. Hill was just marked present at (the day care), when he was clearly not at the facility, and left to die in the back of the minivan at (Little Miracles Academy) on a hot August day," DCF officials wrote in the recommendation.

The van driver, Deborah St. Charles, is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with Myles' death. Both locations of Little Miracles Academy have been closed since then.

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