3-year-old child drowns in pool in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, Fla. - A 3-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at a home located in the 1300 block of 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

Indian River Sheriff's deputies arrived a minute after the call was dispatched and attempted to perform CPR on Dakota Stiles but, could not revive him, according to authorities.

The boy was transported to Indian River Medical Center and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:09 p.m.

The call came from a neighbor who was on scene with a cell phone. 

The child's parents, identified as Summer and Todd Stiles by authorities were interviewed on scene.

Summer Stiles was transported to the Sheriff's Office for additional questioning, but is expected to be released as the investigation continues. Criminal charges may be forthcoming according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

Todd Stiles and Dakota's 13-year-old sister remained on scene and later went to stay with relatives, according to detectives.

According to authorities Dakota's mother was charged with child neglect charges about 2 weeks ago.

According to IRCSO, the incident happened on July 12, 2013, after a neighbor located Dakota walking in their backyard.  The neighbor took him home but, after repeated knocks at the Stiles' door and getting no answer, the neighbor took him to their house and called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies met with Summer and Todd Stiles following the incident and Mr. Stiles reported that he works nights and normally sleeps during the day. The deputy asked Mrs. Stiles if her children were accounted for and upon learning that Dakota was not in the house, deputies said she stated, "I guess I'm missing one."

The Department of Children & Families was notified and a few days later a warrant for Summer Stiles was obtained on child neglect charges.

Authorities said , Stiles had gone out of town when the warrant was issued but,upon her return, she turned herself into the county jail on July 23, 2013.  She posted the $2,500 bond and was released the same day.



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