A Scarborough man charged after a toddler drowned in his backyard pond has been granted bail.

Sriranganathan Ampalan, 58, appeared in court Wednesday to face a charge of criminal negligence causing death after a two-year-old boy wandered into the next door neighbour’s backyard and was found face down in a pond that wasn’t fenced off as required by law.

Ampalan was released on $15,000 bail and is required to stay in the province as part of his bail conditions. His next court date is Aug. 2.

The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on Carrying Place in the Finch Avenue East and Markham Road area.

The child was taken without vital signs to Scarborough Centenary Hospital and then revived and transported to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where he later died.

The boy was a happy, vivacious child who loved to play outside, his uncle Guesly St.-Fleur told CityNews.

“It’s really tough,” he said. “He’s an innocent little kid.”

“He’s really going to be missed.”

A funeral was planned for Saturday at an east-end church.

The Canada Safety Council urged the public to take precautions, particularly those who are near ponds, pools or lakes.

Nearly 500 Canadians die every year in water-related incidents. In 2006, the most recent year statistics are available, Ontario alone had 182 drowning fatalities.

Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age, while children under the age of five are most at risk, the council said.

CityNews asked on Twitter whether it was appropriate for the owner to be criminally charged in the child’s death. Here are the responses:

Twitter reaction to whether home owner of pond should be criminally charged in toddler’s death

CItyNews asked whether the owner of a neighbouring house should face a charge of criminal negligence causing death after a two-year-old boy wandered into his backyard and was found face down in a pond that wasn’t fenced off. Full story here: http://ow.ly/bIsjg

Storified by CityNews.ca · Wed, Jun 20 2012 15:59:06

@cityfrancis @CityNews No. The parents of that child are responsible for his/her well-being & whereabouts, not the neighbors.Carrie
@cityfrancis I think it’s so wrong how can the neighbor be held responsible when it was the child’s family that weren’t watching their kid?!Linda Petruccelli
@cityfrancis Who fences a pond? Where were the kid’s parents? Maybe they should be criminally negligent for not watching their 2-year old?jenem
@cityfrancis however had the owner of the pond/pool been takin care of the child. ABSOLUTELYDustin Lalande
@cityfrancis @CityNews No. The parents of that child are responsible for his/her well-being & whereabouts, not the neighbors.Carrie
“@cityfrancis: Think a homeowner should be charged criminally if someone drowns in their unfenced pool/pond?” where were the parents?john papadopoulos
@cityfrancis I think it’s so wrong how can the neighbor be held responsible when it was the child’s family that weren’t watching their kid?!Linda Petruccelli
@cityfrancis Who fences a pond? Where were the kid’s parents? Maybe they should be criminally negligent for not watching their 2-year old?jenem
@cityfrancis Certainly liable, shouldn’t be able to get Home Mortgage Unless there is a secured Fence, or Insurance. Chg’s? Iffy!sherri bartley
@cityfrancis no, or else every company that’s made a gun who has killed some one should also be held liable. Or every car company..Etc..etcDustin Lalande
@cityfrancis however had the owner of the pond/pool been takin care of the child. ABSOLUTELYDustin Lalande
“@cityfrancis: Think a homeowner should be charged criminally if someone drowns in their unfenced pool/pond?”. Yes, especially a child.Christina Crowe
@cityfrancis absolutely NOT!! Where do trespassing laws come in? Its crazy that I have to worry bout everyone else. Do I fence in my dock?Wild Child
“@cityfrancis: … charged criminally if someone drowns in their unfenced pool/pond?” No – grandma was responsible for watching kid.Steve Feek
“@cityfrancis: Think a homeowner should be charged criminally if someone drowns in their unfenced pool/pond?” YEP! You can afford a fenceLegendary ™
@cityfrancis No! Its in their own backyard, these neighbourhood kids don’t belong there&shouldn’t be wandering around on other ppls propertyAnna
@cityfrancis I agree the home owner should by charged but at the same time I think some blame needs to be put on the caregiver as well.Qaseret
@cityfrancis NO NO!!!! the parents of the child that died should be charged. Why were they not watching their 2 yr old in the first place?.Tony
@cityfrancis I would think it depends on how the child got there if the neighbor was looking after the sure if not where was the parents noPaul Carr
@cityfrancis absolutely notJoseph Paolo
@cityfrancis large pool yes, 2 ft deep pond no wayMarco Orla
@cityfrancis I don’t think they should be charged where were the parents of the 2yr he should only get a fine for no fence around pondryan harber
@cityfrancis @CityNews How is it different from any other negligence and why shouldn’t they be held responsible? Journalism please!!!vmc
@cityfrancis Definitely they should be charged Isn’t it law that you have to have at least a 5 foot fence around a pool or water feature?elizgirouard1
@cityfrancis Yes, as a homeowner you have an obligation to ensure the safety of your family and others!!!Connie
@cityfrancis yes! Same with injuries – we MUST be held responsible in taking care of our homeLenito
@cityfrancis no. Someone shouldn’t be letting people trespass.Carly Elizabeth