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Mother relates to daycare tragedy

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Updated: 5/22/2013 8:42 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- When Shadaryl Davis heard that 2-year-old Steven Spurlock nearly drowned at an unlicensed daycare, Kiddie Heaven, it brought back horrible memories.

Just five years ago she lost her own son, Bernard at the hands of another unlicensed child care center.

"I'm just shattered for the other mom because I can understand," she said. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry that it happened."

Her daycare left little Bernard in their truck for hours in the sweltering summer heat. David says when she heard another mother would suffer the same pain she got chills. She's frustrated that unlicensed centers are learning from her son's death.

"It is very frustrating," she said. "I just don't understand I don't know why it hasn't stopped."

DCF agrees; the problem is growing here in Jacksonville and it's deadly.

"You're putting children at risk," said DCF spokesman John Harrell. "You've had children die in these unlicensed facilities."

And for Steven Spurlock's parents, who are watching their son cling to life at the hospital, Davis offers her prayers.

"I just want to tell the mom to stay strong and that the Lord is going to bring out everything," she said.

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