LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The mother of a toddler who drowned in a daycare swimming pool shares how her world has been turned upside down.
Christa Lemonakis is living a parent's nightmare. On June 24th, she got word that the two-year-old she brought to daycare that morning wasn't ever coming home again. Deputies say Christian drowned in a kiddie pool in the Smith Family Daycare's backyard.
She sat down with Stacey Adams after collecting her thoughts on paper to talk about what happened and about the little boy that is gone forever.
"He was amazing. He was full of life and it's really hard," Lemonakis said. "Everyone that knew Christian knows what an impact he made. I mean, there wasn't anyone that met him that he didn't make an impact on and he was amazing!"
"When Melissa Smith accepted responsibility to care for my son Christian, she made a conscious decision to do exactly that, care for him. However, Melissa Smith's actions of gross negligence on June 24th lead the death of my son," Lemonakis said.
"Now, Christian is dead and he is gone forever. I will never get to see him again. I will never get to hold him again. Nor, will I have the chance to experience the life that I once imagined for him."
"Christian will not attend his third birthday, Christian will not be able to hold a diploma at his high school graduation and christian will not be able to have children of his own. The truth is, the death of son could have been prevented and whether through awareness or changes in legislation my new goal is to prevent this from happening again. This certainly was not a tragic accident that could happen literally to anyone. Melissa Smith failed my son and she failed me."
Christa Lemonakis said me that Christian did not know how to swim. He had been attending the Smith Family Daycare since October of 2012. He would have turned three years old on August 2nd.