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Toddler Drowns in Backyard Pool at Home Day Care in DC

By: Joseph Cammarata

A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was found in a small backyard pool at a home day care center in Washington, DC. Although the official cause of death is still under investigation, the Metropolitan Police Department has stated it was likely an unintentional drowning.

Drowning Accident

Officials report that the boy was found shortly before noon on Tuesday, June 13 at a residence located in the 300 block of 17th Place in northeast DC. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The home had been licensed as a child development facility by the District Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Police and officials from OSSE and Child and Family Services Agency are investigating the incident.

Our legal team sends our thoughts and condolences to the family of the child who died in this tragic incident. While the drowning may have been accidental or unintentional, an investigation will be critical to determining what led to his drowning. Officials will be paying close attention to whether there was adequate supervision at the time of drowning.

As a law firm with extensive experience handling cases involving drownings, near drownings, child injuries, and wrongful death, we know the profound consequences of these tragedies. Unfortunately, unintentional drownings are common in the U.S., and are the fifth leading cause of unintentional death nationwide. Children are particularly susceptible to drowning accidents and submersion injuries. Toddlers ages 1 to 4 have the highest rates of drowning, with most incidents occurring in swimming pools or bathtubs.

Although the investigation is still pending, it will introduce questions of premises liability and whether this tragedy could have prevented. As a licensed day care facility, the owners of the residential business have an obligation to take reasonable measures in ensuring the safety of children. This requires diligent supervision and steps to reduce potential risks, including risks of drownings posed by swimming pools. Even if a pool is small, shallow, or inflatable, supervising adults must be vigilant whenever young children are near water due to their increased risks for drowning and injury.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarate & Siegel, P.C. would like to remind everyone about the importance of water safety and supervision this summer. In the event of preventable injuries or death, our legal team is readily available to help victims and families navigate these difficult times, learn more about their rights, and discuss how they may be able to pursue justice and financial compensation through civil personal injury cases. If you have questions regarding drownings, near drowning incidents, swimming pool accidents, or child injuries, contact our firm for a free consultation.