Miami day care owner charged in death of toddler left in van

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have arrested a woman in connection to the death of a 2-year-old boy who, police said, was found unresponsive inside a hot van parked outside a day care facility in Miami.

Thirty-year-old Karen Aviles was charged with aggravated manslaughter. According to The Miami Herald, she is the owner of the Vision of Life Academy, located at 4150 N.W. 7th Ave.

Police said Aviles was driving the day care’s van when she allegedly left the victim, identified as Angel Matute-Chavez, inside the vehicle, Wednesday.

Police said a day care employee found the boy hours later in the parked vehicle’s rear compartment. Officials said the child showed no signs of life once Miami Fire Rescue crews arrived at the scene. They immediately began to administer CPR.

Paramedics rushed the child to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed Angel died from heat stroke. He is the fifth child to die in a hot vehicle in Florida this year.

An official from the Florida Department of Children and Families told 7News on Thursday that the academy was not authorized to transport children, and they have since shut down the facility.

Aviles was taken into custody early Saturday morning. She is being held on $10,000 bond.

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