A Collier County homeowner faces possible charges for leaving the gate to his pool open, which resulted in a 2-year-old girl’s drowning death last week. According to a report at naplesnews.com, the 50-year-old man was in his backyard shop at his home in Immokalee. The swimming pool is located in the front of his home. He said he left the gate to the pool open because he was going to clean it.
While in the back, he heard screaming from the front of his house. The young victim’s parents discovered her body floating in the pool, according to a sheriff’s report. Their daughter had walked away from their nearby housing complex. They searched for about 15 minutes before finding her body in the pool.
Emergency responders transported the girl to NCH North Naples Hospital where she died. Residents in the area say it is common for children to walk around in the courtyard of the development. A spokesperson from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office did not say if they will charge the homeowner for leaving his pool gate open before the drowning accident.
There are fence laws in Florida for residential swimming pools. The homeowner said he usually keeps his pool gate closed but not locked.
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