The personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville have learned that a 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after he fell into an in-ground pool at an unlicensed day care facility in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville authorities say that several children had been swimming earlier in the day and that the toddler had gone back to the pool at some point. It was unclear when he had fallen in or how long he had been in the pool when he was discovered.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the unlicensed day care facility, called Kiddie Heaven, has a tall fence surrounding the backyard pool and it touts its safety features on its website.
“The slider door to the pool has three locks to prevent the most inquisitive, intelligent and mischievous of children from accessing it unsupervised,” the website claims.
A spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families said that the fact that unlicensed Kiddie Heaven even has a website is “audacious.” He went on to say that unlicensed day care facilities pose a great danger for children.
The law firm of Farah & Farah recently reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to impose tough new standards on child-care centers that receive government money. It is estimated that as many as one in five children who receive federal subsidies are being cared for in unlicensed and unregulated child-care facilities.
We sincerely hope that this child recovers from this tragic and preventable accident. There is a special onus on facilities that care for our children to be extra vigilant to prevent injuries. It is also essential that they be legally licensed so that authorities can verify safety and health precautions. If your child has been harmed due to neglect at a day care facility, contact Farah & Farah to find out what your legal options might be.
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