By: Joseph Cammarata
A two year-old boy who wandered out of a day care provider’s home
died Monday in what authorities suspect to be a drowning accident. According
to the county sheriff’s office, the day care provider had been watching
three children in her home located in the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive
in Waldorf at the time of the incident.
As the provider told authorities, she had opened the back door of the home
to let a dog out. After closing the door and leaving the room for several
minutes, she returned to find one of the children missing. In search of
the child, she went into the backyard immediately, found the boy in the
pool, and began CPR. He died shortly later at a local hospital.
Monday’s tragedy is a profound loss for the family involved, as well
as a critical reminder to all about the elevated risks children face when
it comes to drowning and near-drowning events and the importance of supervision
and pool safety. It is also remarkably similar to another tragic drowning
incident in which a two year-old boy died at a home day care center in
DC earlier this summer.
Although seemingly nonintentional, the drowning will be further investigated
in order to determine whether it could and should have been prevented.
For example, statements given by the day care provider indicate a lapse
in supervision that, while momentary, was enough for the child to exit
the home and enter the pool area unsupervised. There are also questions
as to why the home day care provider, who provided day care services to
young children and toddlers, did not have a door when closed could not
be open by a two year old, and why the home did not have an adequate gate
or fence to prevent children from accessing the pool area.
Our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., has the
experience in these type of cases and is available to help victims and
families protect their rights following drowning accidents and child injuries through
personal injury and
wrongful death claims. If you wish to discuss a potential case and learn more about your rights,
contact us for a free and confidential consultation.