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Toddler drowns in Seminole pool, officials say

SEMINOLE — A 17-month-old boy accidentally drowned Saturday morning after getting into his babysitter's pool, officials said.

The death of Jayden Roldan does not appear to be suspicious, said Cecilia Barreda, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The agency's crimes against children unit is investigating the incident.

Deputies believe the toddler got outside to the pool by using a pet entry door.

"He'd push some toys out the door," Barreda said. "Then he must have figured out that he could get his body through there, too."

Deputies were called at 11:11 a.m. to 9820 121st St. N, where Danielle M. Jones, 18, had been caring for the toddler since about 10:15 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Jones told deputies the child hadn't slept well overnight, probably because he was in an unfamiliar setting.

On Saturday morning, he ate breakfast and was fine but seemed a little tired, so the two took a nap on the couch at about 9:30 a.m. When Jones woke up at 10:45 a.m., the baby was still beside her.

But just 14 minutes later, when she woke up again, he was gone.

Jones looked out the window and saw Jayden floating in the water. She got the boy out and started performing CPR. A friend who also was inside the house called 911.

Paramedics rushed the boy to Largo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m.

Toddler drowns in Seminole pool, officials say 02/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 27, 2010 8:53pm]
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