Armani Pierce went missing near the Temple Crest playground on 37th Street North Tuesday, August 13, 2013. His body was found in the Hillsborough River the next day.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A toddler's drowning in the Hillsborough River is leading Tampa City Council members to explore the idea of installing fences at Tampa parks with lakes, beaches or access to the river as a safety measure.
Thursday's discussion was prompted by the death of 2-year-old Armani Pierce, who vanished the evening of Aug. 13 after his family went to a youth football practice a city park. Four law enforcement agencies and many volunteers swept the area, finding the boy's body the following morning in 6 feet of water near the shore of the river.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that of the city's 151 parks, 69 have some sort of water feature, which altogether add up to 38.5 miles of shoreline.