ORLANDO — A Florida day care van driver will face criminal charges after a child was found dead inside the vehicle at the end of a sweltering summer day, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said 3-year-old Myles Hill spent all day in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy before he was discovered Monday night.
Detectives were awaiting autopsy results, but believe they will show the death was caused by the heat. Temperatures reached a high of 94 in Orlando on Monday. Temperatures inside a vehicle under the summer sun can rise much higher.
‘‘This is an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented,’’ Mina said at a news conference.
Myles was supposed to have been dropped off in the morning at another Little Miracles Academy day care center but instead the boy was taken to the location where he was found on the floor of the vehicle more than 11 hours later. It was too early to say why Myles was taken to the wrong location, but the driver ‘‘did admit to not doing a head count,’’ Mina said.