9 a.m., Nov. 28)
inquest may lead to tougher swimming pool regulations
The circumstances surrounding the 2010 drowning
death of Jérèmie Audette are
the focus of a coroner's inquest which began
on Monday. File photo
city is ready and willing to strengthen it's bylaws governing
the safety of backyard swimming pools pending the outcome
and recommendations made by the inquest looking into the
circumstances surrounding the July 2010 drowning of Jérèmie
according to a city official who testified that the swimming
pool the two-year-old toddler drowned in while on a playdate
with his caregiver, complied with existing regulations
even though the latch on the gate leading to the above
ground pool was broken..
the day two of the inquest on Tuesday, juror members heard
that Audette's body was first discovered in the pool by
eight-year-old Chloe Lapierre who gave video-taped evidence
to police two hours after the accident occured.
was playing and then I was going to get in the pool when
I see this kid," the little girl told police. "I
thought it was my friend's brother, but it wasn't. It
was one of her mom's daycare kids. And so I decided to
jump, to jump in without thinking about anything and to
go save his life by getting him out of the pool."
little girl then estimated that her mother Wendy Lapierre,
who operated the home-based day care where the accident
occurred, jumped intothe pool about 20 seconds after she
mom comes and jumps in the pool, gets him, puts him on
the deck, and then we started doing CPR."
was playing a restaurant game in the backyard with her
nine-year-old Audrey Maynard when Audette disappeared.
Maynard is the daughter of Audette's caregiver Cynthia
McLellan who was sitting in a lawn chair having a conversation
with the home day care operator who was hosting the backyard
playdate when the accident happened.
mom told me (Jeremie) had disappeared, Maynard told
police investigators. She
just said Jérèmie disappeared.
inquest has yet to hear testimony from any of the four
to six adults who were at the party, including the owner
of the home, Wendy Lapierre, who operated the unlicensed
home-based day care.
inquest did hear testimony that there were 30 kids in
the backyard when the accident happened. That's eight
more kids than the number previously reported and more
than the allowable number for licensed home day cares.
inquest continues today in Courtroom 33 at the Provincial
Courthouse on Elgin Street.
police photo shows the South Fallinbrook backyard
where two-year-old Jérèmie Audette
drowned while attending a playdate on July
28, 2010.. Ottawa Police Service photo
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