A daycare owner has begged for forgiveness after a three-year-old boy was found dead in a hot van where he had been for more than 11 hours.
The little boy, Myles Hill, was discovered on Monday night in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy daycare center in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said it was likely the boy had been in the van since 9.30am on a day that topped 93 degrees.
The boy’s family reported him missing two hours after he was supposed to have returned home.
Audrey Thornton, who owns the daycare, begged for forgiveness from the boy’s family on Wednesday at an emotional press conference.
Thornton said she had just arrived home from work when she received the call that Myles was missing.
‘I just started screaming and hollering, and crying and crying and crying,’ she said.
She begged Myles’ family for a chance to explain what happened.
‘I’m sorry for your loss and I don’t want you all to be upset with me and I loved Myles and I took care of Myles since he was a baby and if you all could forgive me,’ a tearful Thornton said.
‘I’m so sorry just give me a chance to talk to you and explain.’
‘Anyone who knows me… they know I took care of my kids, I love my kids. I give back to the community and I just want them to trust me and trust in me and that if I ever open back up this will never happen again.
Police revealed on Tuesday that the driver of the van will face criminal charges over Myles’ death.
The police chief wouldn’t say what charges the day care worker could face but says she has been cooperative.
Police said the child was supposed to have been dropped off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center instead of the location he was taken to.
When police arrived at the school later on Monday night, they found the young boy dead in the van.
The boy’s aunt, Barbara Livingston, said that when she asked daycare workers where her nephew was, they said he was ‘gone’.
‘(We) said, ‘Gone where?’ And she pointed at the van,’ Livingston told News 6. ‘I’m numb. I don’t know how to feel.’
A Florida Department of Children and Families inspection report from last month showed that the academy had been cited for not keeping track of children being transported.
‘The facility’s log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.]. (Section 6.2, number 3) [SR],’ the DCF report said.
The rule requires day care centers to maintain logs of the time children arrive, where they were supposed to be transported and what time they departed.