Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

Toddler found drowned Sunday evening may have died hours earlier

The father of a 1-year-old who was found drowned in a Navarre Beach canal Sunday night is responsible for her death, according to his Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office arrest report. Through "culpable negligence," he failed to supervise his daughter, the report said.

Although his daughter, Makennah Potter, who turned 1 last week, was found in the evening, the failure of supervision took place between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that afternoon.

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Navarre Beach Fire Rescue

Second child drowns in Navarre waters in just over a week

A 1-year-old child was pulled from the canal adjacent to 7372 Grand Navarre Boulevard Sunday evening, according to Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh. The little girl's death marks the second child drowning death in Navarre in just over a week.

Emergency officials were called to that home just after 8 p.m. A concerned neighbor pulled the body of the toddler out of the canal at about 8:30 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office has been called and is handling the investigation.

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Teen critically injured after car hits standing water

A 19-year-old Jay teen was critically injured Saturday afternoon when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving when it hit standing water.

The van was eastbound on Old Pollard Road, when the teen drove through the water and lost control. The van rotated , struck a mailbox, hit a drainage ditch and became airborne. The right side of the vehicle struck a tree and came to rest of the driver's side. The teen was ejected and pinned under the van, according to the Florida Highway Patrol media release.

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Report finalized on boy’s Navarre drowning, funeral set for Saturday

As a grieving Kentucky family prepares to bury their 5-year-old son, Navarre residents continue to keep them in their thoughts and prayers. Zaten Gabriel Clark, son of Travis and Christina Clark, died Saturday night after he fell from the play structure at a floating water park and drowned.

Services will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Morgantown, Kentucky, one week to the day that Zaten died. He was pulled from the Santa Rosa Sound by Holley-Navarre Fire District rescuers just before 7:30 p.m., which was less than 20 minutes after they were first notified.

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