Toddler Drowns in Dunnellon Pond

A 2-year-old boy was found dead Friday after he drowned in a pond in the backyard of a Dunnellon home.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the boy’s mother and her boyfriend were outside around 1:30 p.m. at a home on W. Dunedin Road when the toddler walked away and wandered into the backyard.

The couple noticed the boy was missing and went to look for him. They found him floating in the pond in the backyard.

Once officials arrived at the scene, they performed CPR on the boy. He was transported to Seven Rivers Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

5517512071_e66e7722e7_zDeputies are still investigating the incident, but said nothing appears suspicious at this time.

This tragic event is one that could easily have been avoided. Young children are especially vulnerable to the danger of drowning. In fact, statistics show that 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. Infant and toddler drowning deaths throughout the state of Florida and the United States are increasingly common, so it is very important that all children be accompanied by an adult when they are near a body of water.

Our Citrus County Swimming & Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know the law as it pertains to drowning, swimming and other water accident cases. With that said, demonstrating negligence in drowning cases can be quite complex, but working with an experienced lawyer can lead to proving liability in these cases. For a free consultation to learn more about filing an injury or death claim, please call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online.

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