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Jacksonville To Make Changes Following Drownings Of 3 Children In Retention Ponds


City leaders are looking to make some changes after the recent deaths of three children in local retention ponds.

WJCT News partner News4Jax reports a 4-year-old girl died Monday morning after she drowned in a privately-owned retention pond.

Police said the girl had wandered away her mom was doing yard work on Shadwell Court. The 4-year-old’s body was found in a retention pond behind a nearby home two hours later.

A stuffed animal wrapped in what looks like a baby blanket along with flowers now sits in memory of the little girl near the pond where she drowned.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced an effort to prevent future tragedies on social media, adding that private property owners should help too.

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