Autopsy released in death of 3-year-old Myles Hill in hot day-care van

Myles Hill, 3, was in a hot day care van all day before his body was found in the back seat Monday night. A vigil was held for Myles on Tuesday evening.

The findings released Friday in an autopsy of a 3-year-old boy who was left in a day-care van in August confirm that he died because of heat exposure.Myles Hill died Aug. 7 when he was left in the back of a van for 12 hours.


Deborah St. Charles, a day-care worker at Little Miracles Academy, faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. She is being held at the Orange County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

The boy’s family filed a lawsuit against St. Charles, the day care and the facility’s owner, Audrey Thornton.

The autopsy, which was released Friday, listed the cause of death as hyperthermia due to environmental exposure and listed the manner of death as an accident. The document also noted his body was “recovered from inside closed-up van exposed to sun for several hours on hot summer day.”

It also noted a “limited obvious external injury” at the head/neck, but it’s not known when that injury was sustained.

According to an investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families, St. Charles was not an approved driver on Little Miracles Academy’s roster. DCF issued an emergency suspension of the facilities two days after Myles died.

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