Toddler Drowns at Daycare While Caregiver Tends to Another Child

backyard pondA 15-month-old baby boy tragically lost his life on Tuesday, November 11, by drowning in a fishpond less than one foot deep. Police are investigating the death, which occurred at Sunshine Day Care Center in Millville, New Jersey.

The daycare is run out of the home of Roxanne Lacy, 58, who says she only took her eyes off the toddler for a few minutes while she tended to another child inside the house.


Authorities say that they were called to the home for a reported drowning at 10:51 A.M. Lt. Jody Farabella said that Millville police officers attempted to resuscitate the toddler before the Millville Rescue Squad arrived and transported him to Inspira Medical Center Vineland.

Sadly, there was nothing to be done to save his life, and he was declared dead at the hospital.

The incident is being investigated by the police, the county prosecutor's office, and child protection services to see if neglect was involved. According to Farabella, Lacy left the boy on the porch with a group of other children while she went inside to take care of another one of her charges. When she came back outside, he was gone.

He was found in a small pond on the property, measuring less than 12 inches deep. No charges have been filed, and Farabella says that it appears accidental at this time. Parents have been urged not to bring the children to the daycare center until the investigation is complete.

Ugh, how incredibly heartbreaking. I'm reasonably certain that there was no foul play here, but what a price to pay for a bad decision. It's so easy to forget that young children can easily drown in just a few inches of water, and I'm sure Lacy wasn't thinking at all about the little pond when she momentarily left him out of her supervision.

Let this be a good lesson for parents with children in daycare. Take a look around the environment. If there's a body of water, ask what precautions are in place to keep kids from accidentally drowning. It may just save a life.

Did you know that children could drown in mere inches of water?


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