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Gov. Scott Weighs In On Day Care Hot Van Death, Possible Legislative Changes

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Governor Rick Scott is weighing in on last week’s death of a young boy left in a hot day care van for almost half a day, and possible changes to Florida law.

As a grandfather, Governor Scott says his heart goes out to the family of three-year-old Myles Hill.

“My oldest grandson is five and a half,” said Scott, speaking to reporters Monday. “I’ve got one a little less than two-years-old. And, you just can’t imagine this happening. Anytime this happens people ought to be held accountable. You should always step back and say, ‘okay, what can we do differently, if there’s something that we can do, something that DCF or legislation that we can do to hopefully prevent this?’”

Authorities say the day care van driver of Little Miracles Academy in Orlando did not do a headcount, and Hill died after staying in the hot van for about 12 hours. Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll has since temporarily closed down two of the academy’s day care facilities.

DCF is also looking into a number of proposed rule changes, which includes increasing the penalties for day care staffers who fail to inspect a vehicle for kids left behind.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.