UPDATE on 6/9/2015: **Our hearts are heavy to report that we just learned that little Alysia passed away today. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers and please prevent this tragedy from happening to others. Please lock your pool gates. A GoFundMe account was set up by Alysia's mother, Amber, and donations can be made in Alysia's name by visiting this link.**
Boyk Law was saddened to learn from 13abc that a Toledo toddler is still in critical condition after falling into her babysitter's swimming pool on Thursday.
Two-year-old Alysia Webster was found in the Toledo backyard pool, unresponsive. According to news reports, while there was a gate for the pool, it was not locked, which could be why Alysia was able to get close enough to the pool to fall in. (Photo credit: 13abc.com)
She was transported to Toledo Hospital, is listed in critical condition, and hooked up to a vehilator.
Any accident involving a child can be gut-wrenching, especially when the injury happened while the child was in the care of another person.
Though the attorneys in our office have handled hundreds of different type of cases involving child accidents, including accidental drowning, one common thread remains:
There is nothing more precious than the life of a child and we admire the strength and courage of parents, grandparents, friends, and family members dealing with these unthinkable situations.
We applaud Alysia's mother, Amber Webster, and her grandfather, Alan Bondy, for taking the time to speak with the news about the importance of locking pool gates during their time of grief.
We urge everyone in the community to lock their pool gates and keep an extra eye on their children this summer, so that this tragic event happens to no one else. For anyone with questions regarding the legal issues surrounding pools and accidents, please call 419-241-1395 and we would be happy to sit down and talk - for free - during a consultation, with the hope that we can try and prevent another near-drowning, or help parents who may be battling through one.
Our thoughts are with you, Alysia. Stay strong.