If Parents Don’t Supervise their Children in a Water or Swimming Environment, They May Not Only be Guilty of Negligence but also Criminal Acts
As swimming pool drowning lawyers in Pennsylvania, we have investigated many situations involving a lack of proper supervision by a parent or caretaker resulting in injuries or death to children.
Recently, the parents of an Illinois toddler who drowned in a lake were charged with child endangerment as they were accused of allowing the boy and his twin brother to routinely wander from the child’s home through a basement window whereupon the child was found unresponsive and submerged in a lake near the child’s home. Unfortunately, one of the children died four days later in the hospital while his brother luckily escaped with only minor cuts. The Prosecutor claimed that an investigation revealed that the children were knowingly left unsupervised and they managed to climb out of the house or window. According to news sources, the parents were charged with endangering the life and health of a child (a felony punishable by up to five years in prison) and they also face misdemeanor child endangerment counts each carrying sentences of up to a year in prison.
Drowning and swimming accidents are the most common cause of injury and fatalities to children under the age of 5. There is an estimated 10 deaths per day related to drowning and approximately 76% of these fatalities involve children. Pool and water safety remains one of the most serious public health issues. The main contributing factor of submersion injuries and drowning is lack of supervision. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to urge all parents to watch their children at all times around swimming pools and water areas and encourages education in water safety including, but not limited to, water rescue skills such as CPR.
Most drowning incidents occur in back yards, community pools, lakes, bathtubs, spas, or even smaller bodies of water and the majority of infant and toddler drownings occur in bathtubs or buckets within only a few short minutes. Most of these types of drownings are easily preventable.
Our experienced water accident lawyers have investigated numerous water and drowning accidents and understand that many different complex factors can result in unfortunate accidents causing death or permanent disability.