Leesburg 3-Year-Old Drowns In Pool In Unfenced Backyard

Author: Hanson & Hanson/Thursday, May 1, 2014/Categories: Premises Liability

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Recently, the Orlando Sentinel reported a 3-year-old Leesburg, Florida girl drowned in a pool in an unfenced backyard. 


According to reports, Jayonna Brown and her 4-year-old brother had entered an unfenced backyard on Bonaire Drive and gained access to the aboveground pool while their mother, Chante Anthony, was sleeping and completely unaware of their actions.


When the toddler's brother realized Jayonna was in distress, he ran to a nearby residence, where a maintenance worker removed Jayonna from the pool and called for help at approximately 12:40 p.m.


Emergency workers found Jayonna lying on the back deck of the residence. She was rushed to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, where she was sadly pronounced dead.

Kristi Gray, spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families, said the surviving boy was taken into protective custody and is with relatives.


Florida’s drowning rate among children ages five and under is the highest in the nation. In an effort to protect Florida’s children from drownings, lawmakers have passed rules and regulations that are intended to prevent small children from drowning in public or private swimming pools.  You can read more about these laws here.


If you or a loved one has questions relating to child drownings in Florida, contact us for a free consultation.  We will discuss all your options with you during your free, initial consultation. Call us now at 1-407-872-1212. We are more than happy to answer all your questions relating to your case.


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