Day Care Owners Sued In Drowning Of Toddler

April 25, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena firefighter and his wife have sued the operators of a day care center where their 23-month-old son drowned in 1995 for $2.5 million.

Steven and Beverly Ambrozewicz of the 900 block of 11th St. charged that day care owners William Powell and Dorothy Carre of Pasadena failed to properly "supervise, safeguard and care" for their son.

The body of Jordan Edward Ambrozewicz was discovered about 6 p.m. May 10, 1995, in a man-made ornamental pond at a day care house in the 4800 block of Mountain Road by his maternal grandmother, who worked part-time at the center, according to the boy's father.

The pond was about 20 feet long, 7 feet wide, about 2 1/2 feet deep and was not fenced in, said Edwin A. Lechowicz, the Ambrozewiczes' lawyer.

The wrongful death suit, filed Wednesday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, alleges that the property was unsafe for young children and that Powell and Carre were negligent in caring for Jordan.

A spokeswoman for the state Child Care Administration said yesterday that the day care operation was not licensed.

Powell and Carre did not return phone calls yesterday.

Ambrozewicz, a 10-year firefighter assigned to the Riviera Beach station, said the day care operation has been closed.

He said six to eight children were usually being supervised when he dropped off or picked up his son two days a week.

He said that he and his wife selected the center because his mother-in-law worked there and because it was recommended by friends. He declined to name his mother-in-law. "It's hard enough that family was involved," he said.

Ambrozewicz, 35, said Jordan was at the center for about eight hours each on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May 1995 because Ambrozewicz's mother had moved in with the family after his father's death and his wife was recovering from surgery.

"It was more or less something to give us a break and give him a chance to interact with other children," he said.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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