A 3-year-old boy found dead inside of a day care van Monday night had likely been in the van all day, police said.
The Orlando Police Department said it received reports that a child was in a van in the parking lot of Little Miracles Academy on Plymouth Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
Police said the boy, Myles Hill, was picked up Monday morning from his grandmother’s house by a day care worker.
Investigators believed the day care worker didn’t realize Myles was in the van when she dropped off a group of children at the Little Miracles Academy on West Colonial Drive.
The daycare worker then brought the van back to the Little Miracles Academy on Plymouth Avenue, where Myles was found Monday night.
Orlando police Chief John Mina said the Myles’ grandmother, who has custody, called police after he wasn’t dropped off at her home in the evening at his normal time.
After calling 911, she called the daycare and a worker found Myles’ body in the van.
Police said criminal charges are pending against the driver of the van who neglected to drop Myles off in the morning. Investigators said she admitted to not doing a head count when children were dropped off at the West Colonial location.
“This is an absolute tragedy which could have been prevented,” Mina said.
State inspection records show that the day care was not in compliance last month with a rule about keeping logs on transporting children.
According to an inspection report, “The facility’s log for children transported did not include destination time, arrival time, destination location, and departure location.”
The inspection was conducted on July 11.
Mina said Myles would have turned four on Aug. 22.