'I am so sorry': Daycare owner where boy died makes emotional plea

Posted at 6:43 AM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 06:43:40-04

ORLANDO (CNN) - Florida authorities closed the Little Miracles Academy after a child was found dead from being left in a parked van.

The body of 3-year-old Myles Hill was found Monday night.

Officials say earlier that day, an employee who hasn't been publicly named drove Myles and other children to a different daycare location.

The van was later returned to the parking lot with Myles still inside.

Police say the high temperature that day was in the low 90s.

The employee has been fired.

The owner of the center, Audrey Thornton, had taken care of Myles since he was a baby.

In an emotional plea on Wednesday, she begged the boy's family for forgiveness.

"Just give me a chance to come talk to you and explain to you what happened," she said.

An investigation into the death is underway, but police believe it was heat-related.

If that is confirmed, Myles will be the 32nd child this year to die in a hot car in the U.S.

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