A three-year-old who went missing from his Inverness home earlier in the day was discovered in a canal near his home on Tuesday.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the boys home on Apopka Dr. after the toddler was reported missing. Once they arrived at the house, the three-year-old child had been pulled from the canal.
Officers performed CPR on the boy and he was transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deputies are currently investigating this tragedy to determine exactly what happened.
Many Florida homes are located near lakes, rivers, beaches, canals and swimming pools. Being so close to the water makes drowning accidents particularly common. When children are not properly supervised, they are especially susceptible to drowning. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death among toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4. When a drowning accident takes place, brain damage can occur in a matter of minutes due to lack of oxygen. Sadly, when a person suffers brain damage the results are often fatal or can lead to a lifetime of serious physical impairments.
A drowning death can occur virtually anywhere, from swimming pools at hotels to wave pools at theme parks. Any type of accidental drowning death should be fully investigated. In many cases, drowning fatalities could have been prevented. While dealing with the aftermath of a drowning death can be devastating, and no amount of money can replace what you have lost, you still may need to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover any financial losses as well as hold all responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions.