Boy, 6, presumed dead in Coquina Beach disappearance

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:03 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Mon Jun 17, 2013.

BREAKING NEWS: The body of 6-year-old Lamontea Taylor has been found. We will have more info as it becomes available.

MANATEE COUNTY, FL - As the sun appeared over Coquina Beach Sunday, so too did the search parties, looking for any sign of missing six year old Lamontea Taylor.

"I'm lost for words, I want these divers to get out here," said Lamontea's mother, Laketa.

According to witnesses, Lamontea and three other children were swimming at Coquina Beach late Saturday afternoon. Strong currents from Longboat Pass make this spot extremely dangerous for swimmers.

Isaac Espinoza was on the beach and heard the kids screaming for help.

"I didn't even think," said Espinoza, "I just jumped in and went to save her I didn't even know how strong the current was when i jumped in."

Putting his own life on the line, Espinoza managed to save five year old Natalie Porter.

"Half way towards her I was already feeling tired, and I couldn't swim any more but in my head I was just picturing what if it was my cousin or even my family members' kids in the ocean," said Espinoza, "I would want someone to save them so I just kept on pushing until I got to her."

Espinoza says the girl would have died without his help.

By the time he got Natalie back to shore the other children had gotten to safety, except for six year old Lamontea.

Police say there's little hope the child could still be alive.

And despite search teams from the Bradenton Beach Police, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Coast Guard, family members of the victim say the authorities just don't care.

"I feel like they don't take this situation serious," said Lamontea's godmother.

"They need to be blocked off and stuff, shut down, more divers, more police and all that," said a cousin.

Police say charges will not be filed in the case.

Authorities informed Laketa Taylor on Sunday afternoon that Lamontea's body must be submerged. Bradenton Beach police are expected to say Monday morning whether they'll continue the search for his body.

The child attended kindergarten at Samoset Elementary School in Bradenton.

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  • dizzydezy posted at 9:43 pm on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    dizzydezy Posts: 1

    the sad part is that my brother and his dad and friends were there swimming and tlikng with that little boy before all of this happened my bro came home and told me the whole story this is what he told me he said that the little boy lamontea walked up too my cousin and said y arent u in the water and she said something idk what and he says theres no reason too be scared of the water and right after that he cut his foot and fell in the water ! i was crying soo much i feel bad for his family though but my brother and other brother and my cousin were actually making friends with him! i swear this is the holy truth

  • Scarab22 posted at 11:33 pm on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    Scarab22 Posts: 2

    It's sad that they family didn't think people were doing their best. Friends and I spent hours searching the beach and then by boat to help find the boy. Hats off to the athuorities that were doing everything they could to find him

  • Scarab22 posted at 10:44 pm on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    Scarab22 Posts: 2

    I'm sorry for the families loss but, for them to say people don't care is ridiculous. Myself and friends scoured the beach across the way from the incident and tried to help from land. there were many other boats that came to the aid of the coast guard and local authorities to try and help with the rescue. It is a sad day in many aspects

  • Dee posted at 6:51 pm on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    Dee Posts: 2

    This is a tragic story and my heart goes out to the grieving family. However, to say that police aren't doing enough to recover the body is ridiculous. The tides in that area are strong and could have taken that child just about anywhere. Instead of accusing police of not doing enough, how about asking why these small children were allowed to play in the water in such a dangerous area without adult supervision? And why was it up to a stranger to risk his own life to try to save the kids? Why weren't the parents out there watching them and trying to save them instead of being too busy ignoring them? When you have children, you are responsible for their safety. And when you take them to the beach or the lake or even to a swimming pool, you have a responsibility to keep an eye on them. You don't leave it up to other kids to watch them and you certainly don't blame police for not trying hard enough to recover a body after you have shirked your responsibility at the cost of a precious life. Sorry to sound so harsh and yes, accidents do happen, but this one might have been prevented with a little adult supervision. With summer coming fast, parents, please watch your children - especially around water.


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