Autopsy released for toddler who died in hot day care van

3-year-old boy's brain was extremely swollen, coroner says

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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ORLANDO, Fla. - An autopsy report for a 3-year-old boy who was forgotten in a hot day care van for up to 11 hours confirmed that the toddler died from hyperthermia.

Myles Hill was found dead in a van outside Little Miracles Academy in Orlando around 8 p.m. on Aug. 7. Police said he had likely been left in the vehicle at around 9 a.m. and temperatures inside the van would have reached up to 144 degrees.

A medical examiner ruled that Myles died of hyperthermia due to environment exposure. His death was ruled an accident.

An autopsy found that the boy had acute swelling in his brain and some fresh abrasions and bruises on his head. It is not known how Myles sustained those injuries.

Little Miracles Academy driver Deborah St. Charles has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in connection with the boy's death.

“This negligent act was committed with an utter disregard for the safety of the children she is responsible for transporting during the normal course of duties as a daycare service provider and driver of the childcare transport vehicle,” Det. Shane Overfield wrote in the arrest report about St. Charles.

Officials with the Department of Children and Families said St. Charles was not approved as a driver on the facility's roster. 

The license for Little Miracles Academy has since been revoked.

Two bills designed to prevent similar incidents were filed this week, according to Central Florida lawmakers. Officials are expected to unveil the Child Safety Alarm Act and discuss the bills Monday during a press conference.

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