9:30 a.m., Oct. 26)
Regional coroner to hold inquest into 2010 drowning death
of Orléans toddler
Two-year-old Jérèmie Audette
accidentally drowned during a backyard party
at a home-based daycare in South Fallingbrook
on July 28, 2010. File photo
been more than two years since two-year-old Jérèmie
Audette drowned during a backyard party at a home-operated
daycare in South Fallingbrook.
was in the care of his babysitter, when he climbed onto
the deck of an above-ground pool at 529 Rougemont Cres.
and fell into the water.
to police reports, the babysitter was briefly distracted
while talking to another caregiver when the accident happened.
There were at least five caregivers and 20 children in
the backyard at the time.
daycare operator, Wendy Lapierre, is facing multiple charges
for operating an illegal daycare. No criminal charges
were layed in connection with Audette's drowning.
parents have been asking for an inquiry into their son's
tragic death since it happened. Their requests were answered
on Thursday with the announcement that regional coroner
Dr. Robert Skinner would be holding an inquest in late
is hopeful the inquest will focus on the rules surrounding
the operation of home-based daycares and more specifically
the presence of outdoor swimmimg pools at home-based daycares.
want to see changes happen either in pools or daycare
pools, which I dont even think should exist,
says Alain Audette. Its sad that Jeremie had
to be the one for people to realize that rules have to
more than 20 witnesses likely to testify, the inquest
is expected to take three weeks to complete. Dr. Skinner's
findings and any possible recommendations won't be made
public until next year.
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