Date: November 14, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Drowning Of 23-Month-Old Toddler under Investigation

Polk County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit detectives are conducting an investigation into the death of a 23-month-old toddler who was found floating in a pool earlier today. 

Cierra Caldwell, DOB 12/21/00, of 3328 Timberline Road West in Winter Haven, was at the home of her daycare provider Lisa Lee at 565 East Cummings Street in Lake Alfred on Thursday, November 14, 2002.  Around noon, Ms. Lee discovered Cierra floating in the pool located in the fenced-in backyard of the residence, and she called 911.

Lake Alfred Police responded to the residence, which is in the Lake Alfred city limits.  Lake Alfred Police then requested the Polk County Sheriff's Office conduct the investigation.  Cierra was immediately taken to the Winter Haven Hospital Emergency Room where she was declared dead.  An autopsy will be conducted on Friday, November 15, 2002.  The case is currently under investigation.

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