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Couple jailed after toddler drowns
Uncovered swimming pool deemed an 'unjustifiable risk'

BUFORD - A Buford couple have learned the hard way there's no such thing as excessive precaution when caring for children, police say.

Police arrested Shawn Moon and his wife, Tanya, on second-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct charges after a toddler boy wandered into their backyard pool and drowned Thursday afternoon.

The child, Abiola Bankolemoh, was among four children Tanya Moon, 34, was employed to care for when he climbed into the above-ground pool at their Bradford Walk Trail home and did not resurface.

That pool was uncovered, posing an "unjustifiable risk" with so many children on the premises, according to the couple's arrest warrants.

Tanya Moon told investigators she had left a room where the children - who ranged up to 9-years-old - were playing to use the restroom when the child slipped outside. She later found him at the bottom of the pool, attempted CPR and called 911. Continued CPR efforts by medics failed to resuscitate the boy.

Police arrested Tanya Moon and her husband, who was not home at the time, following an investigation at the home. Their five biological children are in Division of Family and Children Services custody pending an investigation by that agency.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said Tanya Moon watched the children on a daily basis, though she was not a licensed child caretaker.

According to officials with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, a person who cares for more than two children at their private residence for payment is required to be licensed by the state.

That agency is conducting its own investigation into the drowning and will handle any additional charges or fines, Schiralli said.

"There's no state charge that we, as a police department, can make for her not having a license," he said.

The Moons remained at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond Friday. Georgia law states that cruelty to children in the second-degree, a felony, applies when a person causes a child mental or physical pain through their own criminal negligence.