Daycare Worker Faces Aggravated Manslaughter Charge

posted by Alan McBride - 

A daycare worker remained held on bond late Friday, after being arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a toddler, who reportedly died after being in a hot van all day Monday.

According to case records, Deborah St. Charles' bond is set at $30,000.

Court proceedings indicate St. Charles' bond was held at that amount, despite requests from her public defender, during a Friday hearing, that the amount be lowered. 

The public defender had argued, according to court records, that St. Charles had strong ties to the community and could not afford the current bond amount.

The prosecution reportedly had requested that the bond remain the same and that, should St. Charles bond out, she be prohibited from working at any day care center.

Court records show the judge granted both requests.

St. Charles reportedly worked at one of two facilities operated by the Little Miracles Academy in Orlando.

According to the Orlando Police Department, she picked up the toddler, identified as Myles Hill, age 3, along with five other children Monday, and took them all to one of the academy's locations.

Police say when St. Charles arrived at the first location, she let out five of the children but failed to do a head-count.

Officers say St. Charles then drove to the academy's other location, parked the vehicle, and went inside without checking the interior of the vehicle.

According to investigators, Hill remained in the van all day under conditions where temperatures could have reached up to 140 degrees.

Police say Hill's body was found Monday night after family members contacted the center to find out why he hadn't yet come home. 

Authorities with the Florida Department of Children and Families have revoked the operating license for both Little Miracles Academy locations.

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