Inquest called into drowning death of toddler

Jeremie Audette drowned at a daycare pool in Orléans in July 2010. Ottawa Sun file photo

Jeremie Audette drowned at a daycare pool in Orléans in July 2010. Ottawa Sun file photo

Jessica Beddaoui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The father of a toddler who drowned in the backyard pool of an unlicensed daycare provider is relieved his pleas for a coroner's inquest into his son's death have been answered.

"We're the parents ... obviously we (made) the request for the inquest and it met all the criteria," Alain Audette said.

Jeremie Audette was two years old when his body was pulled from an above-ground swimming pool at a private daycare.

On July 28, 2010, Cynthia McLellan --who'd cared for Jeremie for about a year -- had brought the toddler to an unlicensed daycare operated by Wendy Andruszka-Lapierre.

Emergency crews arrived to find Andruszka-Lapierre performing CPR on Jeremie before paramedics took him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"We do want to see changes happen either in pools or daycare pools -- which I don't even think should exist -- or in homeowners' pools," Alain said. "It's sad that Jeremie had to be the one for people to realize that rules have to change."

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services laid charges against Andruszka-Lapierre under the Day Nurseries Act, alleging she operated an illegal daycare.

The inquest, which was announced Thursday, is slated to start on Nov. 26.

jessica.beddaoui@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @JessicaBeddaoui

 


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