Florida day care owner speaks out after child found dead in van

When Myles didn't come home from day care, his grandmother called 911 to file a missing child report.

The employee who drove the van that Myles was found in allegedly told police they did not do a headcount of the children when they were dropped off at the second location, and staff did not realize Myles was still in the van.

Mina said that when Myles did not return home on Monday evening, his grandmother called both the police and the daycare. Charges against the driver are pending. Police told the Sentinel that the van's driver did not do a head count after finishing her driving round.

He confirmed the worker could potentially face criminal charges.

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Orlando Police Department, pictured June 12, 2016, found a three-year-old unresponsive in his day care's transportation van Monday.

"The facility's log for children transported did not include the following required elements: [destination time, arrival time, destination location and departure location.]".

The problem was fixed right away, according to records. Additionally, earlier this year the daycare was cited for not recording a signed Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements form as well as for leaving 1-year-old children unattended. Its owners Audrey and Bryant Thornton have not commented publicly on the incident.

"Our hearts are broken by the news of the loss of this child and we will assist all those who loved Myles in any way possible as they mourn this tragedy", DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement to local CBS affiliate WKMG.

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The facility, at 900 Plymouth Ave., near Gore Street, is presently closed for business.

Sgt Eduardo Bernal said on Monday night that the force does not yet know how long the child had been in the van. Several mothers clutched the hands of their own children. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. She thought of her own 4-year-old grandson and said she was saddened and angry.

On Tuesday, Chief Mina asked "every single parent, caregiver, babysitter, brother (or) sister to please be sure that we are checking our vehicles for our kids".

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