Florida Man Accused of Trying to Drown Baby in Pool at Apartment Complex

Cheryl Kahla
Mar 05, 2019
09:41 P.M.

The accused, 29-year-old Wilkens Ordena, tried to flee from officers on Monday night, shortly after trying to harm a toddler.


As reported by Orlando Sentinel, Ordena tried to drown a 1-year-old boy in the swimming pool of an apartment complex in Orlando.

Ordena was reportedly irritated with the boy and forced him underwater. According to the report, Ordena "squeezed the child with his thighs to hold him" underwater.


Family members were able to rescue the child by putting Ordena "in a choke hold." Ordena is reportedly not related to the child.

The child was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment. Ordena tried to flee from the scene and collided with two police vehicles at the complex entrance.

At the time of publishing, Ordena was being held at Orange County Jail without bail and didn't have legal representation.

The child is still at the hospital for observation and is expected to make a full recovery.


Television reporter Steve Barett said the toddler "was shivering and vomiting water after [Ordena] allegedly tried to drown the child."

A Fox35 News reporter confirmed that, according to Judge's orders, Ordena is "not allowed to return to the [apartment] complex or have contact with any of the people involved."

Ordena will appear in court later today. The story is still developing; we will share more updates as new information becomes available.

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