Personal Injury Lawyers in Georgia Discuss Negligent Child Care Accidents
A 5-year-old boy tragically died this late July when he walked away from a group of children and adults at Cochran Mill Park in south Fulton County, according to myajc.com. The child's parents placed their eldest son in the care of a group they believed was operating a licensed day care at the park. Tragically, it turns out, the day care was unlicensed. While many camps and day care centers are exempt from registration, this one, in particular, had not even applied for exempt status. This incident is a sad reminder that parents should research the facilities to which they send their children.
The five-year-old boy was one of thirteen children watched by four adults on the day the boy lost his life. The boy went missing after lunch. A volunteer rescuer found him 45 minutes later in the water. First responders rushed him to the hospital. He had a very weak pulse, but the boy was alive. Tragically, the child died as a result of being submerged in the water.
Police and regulators have initiated an investigation into what happened at the unlicensed day camp. The initial reports reveal that the boy was part of a group whom the adults managing the children took to a ledge near a creek for lunch. After lunch was over, the adults allowed the children to splash around in the creek for a short time. The children's supervisors realized that one child was missing around 12:27 p.m. They called 911 and asked for help locating the missing child. Subsequently, they found the boy in an area where the group had not visited that day.
Rescuers tried desperately to save the little boy. They performed CPR on him and got him to the hospital as soon as they could. The boy's father met his son at the hospital, and he reported that he was cold to the touch. It is unclear how long the boy was missing before anyone noticed he was gone. It is also unclear how the child ended up where he was found. One thing is certain: if his parents knew that he would have been near water, they would have outfitted him with a life jacket because they knew he could not swim according to the news report of the incident.
Not only did the camp supervisors allow a child to walk away from the group unseen, they also endangered the children in at least one other way. The family of the deceased child noted water moccasin snakes in the water in which the adult supervisors allowed the child to play. Water moccasins are venomous snakes that can render a person very ill or even kill if the wound is untreated. The presence of the snakes near an area in which children were allowed to play demonstrates the indifference these adult supervisors had toward the children they were watching.
The question of whether the day care camp having a license would have prevented this tragedy can never be known. The nature center at which the child died has hosted campers and children's groups for several years and has never experienced anything close to this. However, proper licensing may have ensured that the adult supervisors received proper training, had criminal background checks performed, and would know basic lifesaving measures such as CPR and first aid.
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