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Sentencing delayed for Orlando day care driver charged in hot van death

Deborah St. Charles pled no contest to manslaughter by culpable negligence

ORLANDO, Fla. – The former Orlando day care driver accused of killing a three-year-old boy after leaving him alone in a hot van will soon learn her fate, but not as soon as initially expected.

The sentencing phase for Deborah St. Charles was scheduled for Monday morning but had to be rescheduled after the judge became sick, courthouse officials said.

A new date for St. Charles’ sentencing has not been determined.

St. Charles faces up to 15 years in prison. She took a plea deal in October and pled no contest to manslaughter by culpable negligence.

She spoke to News 6 after a court hearing last year.

"I understand from my negligence, but I never did something like this on purpose," St. Charles said.

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St. Charles was arrested in 2017. Orlando Police said she left three-year-old Myles Hill alone in a van outside of the Little Miracles Academy for more than 12 hours.

He died from heat exposure.

News 6 spoke with his family about the case delay.

“This is life or death. This is somebody’s child taken away. I feel like it shouldn’t take this long for you to come out with a decision,” said Chiquerria Banks, Myles Hill’s aunt. “We want this to be over with. We want some justice."


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