Lehigh daycare provider pleads not guilty in drowning death

FOX 4 Staff

Lehigh daycare provider pleads not guilty in drowning death

CREATED Aug. 19, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres woman charged in the drowning death of a two-year-old child pleaded not guilty this morning in her arraignment.

Melissa Smith faces several charges including aggravated manslaughter in the death of Christian Byrd.

The boy drowned on June 24 when the 42-year-old Smith left the toddler along with other children in a wading pool at her home daycare.

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