LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- An at-home daycare in Lehigh Acres is closed after a toddler drowned in a kiddie pool yesterday.
Lee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a possible drowning at the Smith Family Daycare home. When they arrived, they found a neighbor performing CPR on Christian Byrd.
DCF is investigating and said the center, Smith Family Daycare, renewed its registration just a few weeks ago. The center first registered in May of 2009.
The daycare is closed at this time, but DCF could not say how long it would remain closed. Their investigation could take up to 60 days.
Because the center watched fewer than 10 children, the daycare did not need a license.
DCF said that if a pool is one foot above the ground, it must have a fence, barrier, or alarm. They still have to determine whether the kiddie pool in this incident was, in fact, one foot above the ground.