UPDATE: Police in Charles County Investigating Death of Two-Year-Old

September 11, 2017

9/11/2017 @ 6:25 p.m.: On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 9:52 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive in Waldorf for the report of a drowning.

Upon arrival, officers located the two-year-old male on the rear deck of the residence not breathing. The victim had been removed from the pool by the daycare provider who started CPR. Officers continued CPR until EMS arrived. The victim was subsequently transported to Southern Maryland Hospital and was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Initial investigation revealed the provider, who is licensed, was watching three children when she opened the back door to let a dog out. She closed the door and walked away from the room for a few minutes. When she returned, the door was open and she did not see one of the children. She immediately went outside where she found the toddler in the pool. She initiated CPR until help arrived. Detective J. Long is investigating.

9/11/2017: On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel, were dispatched to a home in the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive in Waldorf, for an unconscious two-year-old male.

The toddler was under the care of a daycare provider, and had wandered outside and fallen into a swimming pool in the back yard.

The toddler was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The body will taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore City for an autopsy.


23 Responses to UPDATE: Police in Charles County Investigating Death of Two-Year-Old

  1. Dan Ruby on September 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Total lack of supervision for a child to slip outside, through a fence and into a pool. In my personal opinion, no daycare should have an uncovered pool during operating hours,or access to any pool during daycare hours !!! No matter how sad this is, the daycare owners should be held responsible for the death of this child. In cases like this, “I’m so sorry, it was an accident” just isn’t and shouldn’t be acceptable.

    • Ben Matlock on September 12, 2017 at 7:56 am

      He/she will be held accountable. I am guessing her insurance will take a huge hit over this.

    • cheywolf on September 12, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Dan instead of being condescending try showing some compassion. Do you not think the daycare provider will haunted everyday for the rest of their life? It was a horrible accident. There is no need to be a keyboard bully.

      To the family of this little baby boy, I am truly sorry for your loss.

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

        show compassion for a stupid pos that showed pure negligence no matter what the excuse is? compassion to the family which dont have. reason to be on here at this point.

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

        This was pure negligence, not an accident. Not by the law. Maybe in their mind or a stupid liberal mind like yours. SMMFH you are really an idiot.

      • Renee B. on September 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

        This should by no means be labeled an accident. This is pure negligence on the licensed daycare provider. If you don’t have a designated area, instead allowing daycare children open access to your house, you could at least take every precaution possible to childproof your home. Chimes on doors, high door locks, gated areas, fences, and the list goes on. I couldn’t agree more that any in-home daycare should not be licensed if there is an uncovered pool on the property during business hours. Way too many “what ifs” possible when you are responsible for young babies/toddlers/children. Same goes with having dogs at an in-home daycare. Totally not professional or a necessity. Maryland really needs to tighten up on their license requirements and follow through with in home checks. My heart breaks for the parents of this toddler and I can’t imagine what they’re going through. Shame on anyone who says that the poor provider has to live with this the rest of her life. She deserves to be haunted the rest of their life since she, and only she, is 100% responsible for the death of this little boy that was so easily prevented. She clearly couldn’t keep track of 3 children, who should be accounted for every second they’re in her care, then she has no place in the childcare business.

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

        Its not an accident,its total irresponsibility.Forget how the daycare provider feels like,what about how the little boys parents and family feel?This should have never happened PERIOD.Just because of negligence.

      • Ben Matlock on September 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Accident-an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

        Unless he/she did it on purpose, this was indeed an accident whether negligence was involved or not.

        • Renee B. on September 13, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          Incorrect. Under law, an accident is simply an incident which no-one could have reasonably foreseen and for which no-one should be held responsible. Negligence is whether you do something which you can reasonably foresee will injure someone else who is likely to be affected by your actions, or your lack of action.
          THIS WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. An accident is someone choking on a piece of food, tripping over a rock; not losing track of a toddler you’re paid to care for who has access to a door you didn’t lock that leads to an unsecured pool.

  2. Nick on September 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This is so sad.
    My condolences to the family.

  3. Anonymous on September 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    hope the parents sue and take everything short of your life.

    • AliceW on September 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Why, the parents failed to discipline the child not to open doors unless told. Had neighbors like that and their two year old was in the street all the time. They had a second one a year younger and she was taught by the older one to open the door and walk out. It is a parenting thing.

      • Renee B. on September 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

        AliceW- Did you actually read what you wrote? The parents are to blame for paying a licensed daycare provider, to care for their child, who ended up drowning? The daycare provider left the door unlocked to an accessible pool but it’s the parent’s fault for not teaching a two year to not open the door. Even though a two year old doesn’t have the cognitive ability for logical reasoning or consequence; clearly they should have known better to not open that door. I’m hoping you’ve never procreated because your level of stupidity is down right scary. In the example you provided, it sounds like the parents didn’t care about their kids in general. The only person at fault here is the daycare provider. She was negligent, end of story.

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        The child was 2 you idiot wtf? thats why they are in daycare to provide “supervision”. Are you really that ignorant youre blaming the toddlers parents? you have issues, always posting sporadic things now this, yeah youre one weird person.

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

        regardless what you say they were required to provide supervision isnt thT their job?

  4. Anonymous on September 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    God Bless his little heart R.i.p Angel No Words!!

    • Buck on September 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

      But, you used words? Dementia?

  5. Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

    This daycare provider truly deserves to get their a$$ beat by the victims parents. whats the daycare?? I wouldnt be able to control myself

  6. Rose Ellen on September 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    My condolences to the family that lost their precious little boy. I cannot even imagine what you are all going through. This is tragic beyond words. My heart aches for you.

    I feel so bad for the daycare provider. She/he will never feel the same.

    • Renee B. on September 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      IT’S THE DAYCARE PROVIDER’S FAULT!!!! She shouldn’t feel the same. Her negligence is the reason this poor toddler is gone.

  7. Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    My condolences to the family of the two yr old I am so heart broken for you. Sorry the daycare provider
    had to experience this also. May God bring comfort and peace to all of you.

  8. Anonymous on September 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I have read over all the comments. Yes this is a very tragic accident. The blame doesn’t fall on anyone here. Everyone’s life that is involved is now forever changed. Nothing will bring the child back. RIP “baby boy angel”. Prayers going out to everyone this has affected.

  9. Anonymous on September 14, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Provider was using the pool with the daycare children from what I heard.