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3-year-old found dead left in day care van all day

10 August 2017, 12:24 | Colleen Roy

Police believe child found dead in van was in vehicle all day

Toddler dies after daycare worker leaves him in hot van for nearly 12 hours, police say

Myles was found dead on the floor in the back of the van outside Orlando's Little Miracles Academy day care around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Flowers create a makeshift memorial August 8, 2017, in Orlando, in front of a day-care center where a toddler was found dead.

They later determined that the boy was dead, an officer said during a press conference. He had been left in an SUV for more than 11 hours.

At about 9 a.m. Monday, the driver had picked up Myles and other kids at the center and drove them to another Little Miracles location. Mina said he was unaware of any procedure the academy had for contacting families when a child who was expected at the center did not arrive.

When it comes to children and hot cars, even the smallest act of forgetfulness can end up costing a life.

Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, said it was investigating the death. Hall's grandmother later called local law enforcement, and the OPD launched a missing child investigation. Myles' body was found near the back seat, Mina said.

The driver, who hasn't been publicly identified, may face charges after telling investigators she didn't perform a head count while dropping off the children around 9 a.m., police said. "This is an absolute tragedy which could have been prevented". The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related vehicle fatalities for children 14 and younger in the U.S. In the first six months of 2017, 26 children nationwide died of heatstroke after being left in a auto, and 720 children have died since 1998.

The day care last month was found having not complied with a rule that requires day care centers to record when children arrive, where they are being transported to, and what time they left. But the facility was cited for "non-compliance" in one area: its log for transporting children did not include required elements - such as destination and arrival times and locations, according to a report by the state agency.

Hadas Brown, a reporter with WESH, saw officials with the department at the daycare Tuesday morning.

Orlando police took to Twitter to express their condolences, "This is a awful tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of this little boy".

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