Deputies: Father tried to drown toddler in pool at Orlando apartment complex

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Orange County deputies have arrested a man they said tried to drown his toddler in a pool Monday night.

Deputies received a call about a man attempting to drown a child and responded to the Lake Sherwood Apartments on Long Crest Drive in Orlando, just before 10:30 p.m.  When they arrived, they learned that family members jumped in the pool and were able to rescue the child, but the man, identified as 29-year-old Wilkens Ordena, had left the complex.   

Ordena ended up returning to the scene, and when he tried to flee again, he reportedly rammed deputies' vehicles and the exit gate to the complex.  Deputies eventually took him into custody.

The toddler's mother, Shantia Warren, now wants justice and told FOX 35 that she is grateful Ordena is locked up and that her son is still alive.

“As soon as I heard it, I immediately fell out on the floor,” said Warren. “[I] just thank God I still got my baby.” 

Ordena appeard in court on Tuesday, where he was denied bond by a judge.  

Deputies said Ordena was “irritated” to see that his father was babysitting his son. According to a report, Ordena grabbed the toddler and left, jumping the fence around a pool and throwing little Kameron in the water. 

According to the report, Ordena’s father and brother chased him down, fighting him in the pool to save the toddler. Deputies said several neighbors also stepped in to help.  They said Ordena was clenching the child’s body between his thighs. The suspect’s father had to put him in a choke hold to release the toddler from his grip, according to the report.

“His grandparents, they go above and beyond for him more than he do,” Warren said. “The fact that he’s in jail, I just feel so relieved, happy.”

Ordena is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.  He was also ordered to have no contact with any of the people involved in the incident or any children under the age of 18.