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DCF Had Approved Day Care Pool Where Boy Drowned

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: February 28, 2014, 10pm

MIAMI (AP) -- The attorney for a woman charged in the death of a toddler who drowned in a day care's pool says she did nothing wrong.

Zobeida Gonzalez is charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect in the December death of 3-year-old Jonathan Feliciano. She posted $22,500 bond Thursday.

Gonzalez runs the day care with her daughter. Police say the day care had not obtained a Miami-Dade County permit for the pool, and its insurance company had been told there was no pool.

Records show that Florida Department of Children and Families inspectors had approved the pool four times in the last two years.

Gonzalez's attorney tells The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1huWaat) that video from a neighbor's yard showing the boy unattended for almost a half-hour doesn't show Gonzalez looking for him inside.


News Release: Associated Press News

MIAMI (AP) -- The operator of a Miami daycare has been charged in the death of a toddler who squeezed through a hole in a pool fence and drowned after jumping into the water.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1bOGdMW) that 63-year-old Zobeida Gonzalez was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect.

Three-year-old Jonathan Feliciano fell into the pool Dec. 22. He was left by his parents at Mayling Brache Family Day Care that morning with Gonzalez. Gonzalez helps run the daycare.

An arrest warrant said surveillance video from a neighbor's yard showed the toddler was unattended for at least a half-hour. It also showed the child was in the water nearly 23 minutes before being discovered.

Gonzalez remained jailed Thursday on a $22,500 bond. She didn't yet have an attorney.


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