A Citrus County toddler drowned Saturday evening in Inverness.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said the 14-month-old girl was found in a small pond adjacent to her home in the 6000 block of north Dawson Drive.
Deputies believe the child’s father was inside the home taking a nap when she wandered off.
After waking from a nap, he found the toddler in a small manmade pond just outside the opened front door.
When paramedics arrived, the father was trying to revive the girl. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
At this time, no charges have been filed. However, an investigation is ongoing.
This is a devastating tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with this child’s family right now. Accidental drownings like this occur every day across the United States, and sadly, most of these drownings can easily be avoided. Young children are especially vulnerable to the danger of drowning. In fact, one in four drowning victims are children under the age of 16. Parents, as well as pond and pool owners must take all necessary precautions to ensure child safety. With infant and toddler drowning deaths becoming increasingly more common, it is absolutely crucial that all children be accompanied by an adult when they are near any body of water.
Our Citrus County Swimming Pool & Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are quite familiar with the laws surrounding drowning, swimming, and other water accident cases. It can be difficult to prove negligence in drowning cases, but working with an experienced injury lawyer can result in establishing liability in these cases.
For a free consultation regarding the injury or death of a loved one, please call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online. While we cannot bring your loved one back, we can help you obtain the compensation you need in order to grieve properly and get your life back to some sort of normalcy.