Day care center closed after drowning

February 23, 2012

A northwest-side church day care center will be closed the rest of the week after a toddler drowned Wednesday in the baptismal font. Juan Cardenas, 1, was being cared for at Praise Fellowship Assembly of God when he apparently wandered into the church. He was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital. The day care center, classified by the state as an "unlicensed registered ministry,” has a history of safety violations but no record of formal complaints from parents. Police are investigating.