'The child is dead:' 911 calls released in toddler's day care hot van death

Day care employee, boy's grandmother called 911

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Screams and panic can be heard in a 911 call made by an Orlando day care employee moments after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a hot van, according to police.

The Orlando Police Department on Wednesday released that call and one made from Myles Hill's grandmother on Aug. 7 when she realized the boy had not been dropped off.

“I dropped, my baby, my little grandson, my baby, to day care this morning and now they seem to not know where my baby’s at," the grandmother told a 911 operator.

Police said a Little Miracles Academy employee forget Myles for up to 11 hours in a van that topped 144 degrees. 

An employee at the day care called 911 at 8:26 p.m. moments after Myles was found lifeless.

"I need somebody right now," the woman tells the operator. Yelling can be heard in the background.

The woman explains that the boy was left in a van. 

"The child was in there and looks like he's dead. That's all I can tell you, I'm not really sure what's going on," the woman said. 

[Listen below: Day care employee calls 911 to report boy's hot van death]

The 911 operator, struggling to understand exactly what's happening, asks if the child needs medical attention.

"The child is dead, from what I understand, the child is dead," the woman replied.

The call ends abruptly amid commotion and panic.

"He's gone. He's gone," the woman said. "Oh my God, whose child is this?"

Police said Myles was dead when emergency officials arrived.

Since the toddler's Aug. 7 hypothermia death, the driver of the Little Miracles day care van, Deborah St. Charles, 51, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and the Department of Children and Families has shut the day Little Miracles Academy down indefinitely.

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