Day care employee charged in 3-year-old's death; temp in van hit 144 degrees
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Deborah St. Charles, Myles Hill

By Adrienne Cutway, WKMG

ORLANDO -- (WKMG) -- An Orlando day care employee was arrested Thursday afternoon, several days after a 3-year-old boy was found dead after being left in a van for up to 11 hours.

Orlando police said Deborah St. Charles, 51, the driver of the Little Miracles day care van in which Myles Hill was found, is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

A judge on Friday ruled that St. Charles' bond would be $30,000. If she were to be released on bond, she would not be allowed to work at a child care or day care facility or have unsupervised contact with minors.

St. Charles cried during her appearance before the judge as her public defender tried to get her bond reduced.

"She can't afford bond," he said. "She's been a resident in Florida her entire life. Her family is here. It's too high for this charge."

The public defender said authorities did not provide a thorough investigation, adding that St. Charles' work history and relationships with co-workers and children at Little Miracles were not taken into consideration.

The state argued that $30,000 was an appropriate amount, and the judge agreed, although he said it's possible the dollar amount could be reduced at a future formal bond hearing.

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