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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Releases Names of Toddlers Who Drowned over Past Week

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 7, 2016

After nearly a week, Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released the names and complete details of the two two-year-olds who drowned in separate swimming pools in Apopka between last Friday and Tuesday. The tragic and disturbing case of the children’ deaths has shocked the city, and is leaving a community of parents wondering if they can ever keep their children fully protected.

On Friday, around 6 P.M., Kendall Leanne Averette’s mother called 911. She told them that her child was missing, and a manhunt began. Not long afterwards, the young girl was discovered floating in a neighbor’s pool. CPR was performed on the site, and then Kendall Averette was rushed to a hospital where, according to the report by Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel, she was pronounced dead.

The other girl, Nicole Alarcon, was under the care of her grandmother on Tuesday when she went missing. According to the grandmother, she lost sight of Nicole for “about five minutes” before discovering her in the family pool. The grandmother called the police around 7:40 P.M., immediately after discovering the child. Nicole was taken to a local hospital, but when she arrived was pronounced dead.

Losing a loved one to wrongful death caused by the negligence of another can be an unbearable experience. When that loved one is a child, the damage is unfathomable. Unfortunately, when dealing with such situations, it becomes necessary to start examining the financial implications such an incident can carry. How will the necessary medical and funeral bills be resolved, and what sorts of other, unexpected costs might arise?

It is important to remember that in these situations you are not alone. Thousands of people every year are left to deal with the deadly aftermaths of unexpected deaths caused by irresponsibility. The deaths of these children may be the most recent example of such incidents, but they are by no means the last.

If you find yourself in such circumstances, it is important to seek justice, and at the very least financial compensation for your losses. Without that, it quickly becomes almost impossible to deal with the combination of mourning for a loved one and the struggle to address mounting economic pressures.

For over thirty-five years, Orlando swimming pool accident lawyer James O. Cunningham has been fighting for the rights of accident victims. For a free initial consultation, call us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).


James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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