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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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