UNIONTOWN, Pa., June 10 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman faces a child endangerment charge after a child she was caring for wandered away from a church picnic and drowned.
Donovan Barksdale, 2, died Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. He was found in a neighbor's pool during the cookout held by the First Christian Church in Wickhaven.
Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon said that she expects to charge Jacalyn Mills, the boy's foster mother. Vernon said that a 9-year-old boy, who had been told to keep an eye on Donovan, apparently forgot to look out for him.
"It's tragic. I'm sure that Jacalyn Mills is extremely upset. But then again, 2-year-olds do have a tendency to wander, and it's up to the adults to watch and protect them," Vernon said.
Mills was caring for another foster child who has been removed from her home.
Donovan had been in foster care since he was 8 months old. His two older siblings had already been removed from his mother's care and remain with a different family.