It has now been two months since the horrific death of 9-month old Zachary Jackson. In the afternoon of July 17, 2018, Zachary was found unresponsive inside the home of Joseph and Debbie Dodd. Earlier that day, Zachary’s mom had dropped her infant at the Dodd Family Daycare, in Clermont, Florida. That was the last time she saw him alive. At 4:22 p.m., when Zachary was discovered, he was in a car seat, blue, and unresponsive.
Today, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate what happened inside the home that caused Zachary’s death. The owners of the daycare were also interviewed by DCF investigators immediately after this happened. The Dodds said that earlier in the day Zachary tried to climb out of his playpen and fell, however their story did not match Zachary’s injuries.
“The family has retained me to investigate and potentially file a lawsuit against the Dodd Family Day Care, its owners and anyone else responsible for Zachary’s horrific death. However, Mrs. Jackson’s sole focus right now is to obtain answers into the death of her little boy. She is incredibly distraught and justifiably seething at the gross recklessness, indifference and outright lies coming from Debra Dodd. She is patiently waiting for the Sheriff’s Office to conclude its investigation so that those responsible for Zachary’s death can be dealt with fully by the criminal justice system. We trust that the Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office will continue to fully investigate this preventable tragedy and provide this grieving mother and family with the answers they are desperately seeking right now.”
Should you or anyone you know have additional information into the circumstances of Zachary’s death or about the Dodd Family Daycare, please contact the office of DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta at 850-487-1111; or contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 352-343-2101.