SANTA ROSA COUNTY — The Department of Children and Families continues to investigate the drowning of an 11-month-old boy last month in Santa Rosa County.
According to the incident report from DCF, the boy’s mother had gotten home from working a night shift July 11. There was a sitter with the child, but left before the mother fed the children lunch, the report said.
After lunch, the mother laid on the couch with the child. She set him on the floor to play and dozed off. When she woke up, he was no longer in the room so she looked for him in his favorite places.
The mother noticed the sliding door open and found the boy face-down in their outside koi pond. She called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take the child to the hospital.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was notified after the drowning. The child’s address was redacted from the report, but Rich Aloy, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said it happened in the south end of the county.
“The tragic loss of this child is immensely saddening,” DCF said in an official statement. “We offer our condolences to the family during this difficult time and will continue to support them while they grieve.”
The family was not known to the child welfare system before this incident. The death is still under investigation and all details are confidential. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be posted to the department’s website, DCF said.