A search for a missing toddler in Starke ended in tragedy when the two-year-old boy was found dead in a neighbor’s septic tank. A spokesman for the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said that it appears that the little boy fell through a hole in a cement cover leading to the tank.
Sadly, after an hour-long search involving nearly100 people, police found the toddler floating in the tank a mere 10 to 15 feet away from his home. A preliminary medical examiner’s report indicated that he had drowned.
Police are still investigating why there was a hole in the neighbor’s septic tank cover in the first place. According to WTEV News, they may have violated an ordinance and could be charged with negligence. Police say that the septic tank had a “hole modified in the cement cover” and they are still baffled as to why it was there.
“Why it was out there, our question is still unanswered but it certainly is not something that should be there,” a captain with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office told WTEV News.
The community is in shock over the senseless death. One neighbor told reporters, “We just put ourselves into that situation that this could have been our grandson.”
An investigation by the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, as well as by The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Department of Children and Families, is ongoing.
The Jacksonville premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah offer our sincere condolences to the family of the toddler who died in this tragic, avoidable accident. It is a property owner’s responsibility to keep his or her property free from hazards. If you’ve been injured, or have lost a loved one, due to a property owner’s negligence, call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free review of your case.