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Toddler Drowns at Greenville, New York Day Care Center: Importance of Supervision and Safety Measures

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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New York State Police say Aaron Davies, a 2-year-old boy, drowned in an above-ground pool located in the backyard of the toddler’s residential daycare facility in Greenville, New York. Aaron and nine other children were cared for by three women at the day care, which is unlicensed. Allegedly, while the children were in the backyard, the toddler climbed the ladder leading up to the pool without being noticed and entered the pool. It is believed the toddler was underwater for 3 minutes before he was found by the adults working at the day care. Rescue personnel was called and performed CPR on the toddler until he arrived at Albany Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. If you would like to read more on this story see Toddler drowns in backyard pool at unlicensed day care facility.

This child’s death is a tragedy for his family and the community. Water, although fun and great exercise for children, is incredibly dangerous. Parents, guardians, babysitters, day care providers and employees need to maintain constant supervision while the children under their care are playing in the water. Before allowing a child to play in water make sure he or she is not too fatigued, is capable of swimming in the depths of the water or is provided the proper and approved safety devices. If you would like to read more water safety tips see Swimming Pools and Safety – Need for Consistent and Undistracted Adult Supervision.