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Father of drowned Fort Pierce toddler files lawsuit against stepfather for negligence

Father of drowned Fort Pierce toddler files lawsuit against stepfather for negligence (Family photos used with permission)

Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare.

Doug Staniewicz is living that very nightmare after his 3-year-old son Doug "Dougie" Staniewicz drowned while in his stepfather's custody, according to his lawyer. Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith filed a lawsuit against , "Dougie's" stepfather, Alexander Geving, claiming he was responsible for his death.

Geving admitted he fell asleep while taking care of his biological son and "Dougie" Staniewicz, according to the lawsuit. Both children died.

"This lawsuit is about bringing awareness to our community about pool safety precautions and calling on all parents to be vigilant when caring for children. It is not about vengeance," attorney Chad Hastings said.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children from 1 to 4 years old in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health.


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