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Toddler who nearly drowned at daycare on life support

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Updated: 5/22/2013 7:37 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two-year-old Steven Spurlock II is on life-support fighting for his life. Police say he nearly drowned at his unlicensed daycare Kiddie Heaven.

The daycare didn't want to talk to Action News about the tragedy, but Steven's family is speaking out. Overwhelmed, the boy's father took to Facebook, thanking people for their support but also defending the daycare.

"Steven's daycare should not be bashed," said Steven Spurlock. "We love them and know they did their best. This was a freak accident," he said.

DCF disagrees.

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

DCF says a licensed facility may have been able to save little Steven.

"The licensed childcare providers are trained to deal with emergencies," he said. "They've gone through CPR and first-aid training."

Action News obtained a DCF cease and desist document just signed by daycare owner Jan Buchanan.

It ensures no more little angels like Steven will be playing at Kiddie Heaven. The daycare's doors are now closed for good.

"We need to make sure that this does not happen again," said Harrell.

Kiddie Heaven had 13 children in their care. DCF says if they start watching them again, JSO will be notified.

The daycare faces fines from DCF.






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vbell90 - 5/24/2013 8:11 AM
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You people are truely pathetic. Instead of feeling this family's pain you all want to judge and point fingers. This kind of accident could happen to anyone, even under a parents many parent arent liscenced childcare providers? Does that mean a parent shouldnt have their kids? This family has gone through enough obviously without the ridicule of all of you jerks...

winter - 5/23/2013 11:27 AM
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whosaysnocan to say the parents "got what they paid for" their child is on life support. So you are saying they deserve to lose their precious boy? To say that they same thing wouldn't happen in a licensed day care is complete crap. Just because they are licensed does not mean things can't happen. My infant child came home with bruises on his head from a licensed day care. They couldn't explain his bruises. YET this day care still has their license.

nativejax - 5/23/2013 8:47 AM
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It is more than a 'freak accident'. It was being run by people who did not have the 'Professionalism' and PROOF of training it takes to save a child's life, ie, a license. This same kind of 'unproffessionalism' can be found everywhere, all the way to OBama. People get these 'jobs' illegally and THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE when they allow someone to die under their care...just as OBama. Or it's murder as far as I'm concerned.

whosaysnocan - 5/23/2013 5:01 AM
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"A freak accident?" Quite a statement from this child's parent. These people got what they paid for in placing their precious children in the care of people that were not licensed and inspected by the state. These "care givers" paid no fees or any taxes to run their "day care" so they fly under the radar for the heath and safety of the children in their care. As for the freak accident comment, I do not consider it as such. It is incompetence, lack of vigilance one needs to have while caring for children. We have a pool and when our child was young there were many barriers to get out to it. When we were out at the pool, I took her in with me, NEVER EVER left her alone & when we had other kids over, they came in with me. As I have posted concerning the responsibilities one takes on in caring for our kids, it is the most exhausting thing to do. Some will argue how can I watch them every minute~YOU JUST DO IT! Or how can I watch several every minute~again YOU JUST DO IT! Or better yet, do not have any if you are not going to give your ALL to their care. I may have had one child of my own, yet I have cared for many before, during and after raising her. Now there are the other kids that were going to this home day care that the parents will have to place elsewhere. These parents will probably have to pay more for it. Such is the demands of having children.
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