Naples Injury Lawyer: Is School to Blame for Florida Drowning Death?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 14, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyInvestigators are still trying to find out how an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome wandered away from her school and drowned in a nearby retention pond. The tragic drowning accident occurred late last month at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating how Jenny Caballero left the school undetected and what could have been done to prevent it. School officials say there were six aides supervising Jenny and about 20 other special needs students. However, there were a total of 140 students in the gym. Several students reported seeing Jenny slip out the door; however, it is unclear how much time lapsed between when she exited the gym, the students reported it, and the staff took action.

After an extensive search of the school property, police finally found her in the pond, located just yards from the gym. A fence enclosed the pond, but it was only four feet high and, therefore, easily scaled by a child.

Although the investigation has not yet been completed, it is likely that Jenny’s family will file a wrongful death suit. Her mother says she has never wandered away before and believes the accident would have been prevented if teachers had been supervising Jenny more closely.


The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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