Brevard Co. babysitter arrested after drowning death of 5-year-old girl

Jacqueline Bjorndal, Brevard County Jail booking photo

PALM BAY, Fla. (WESH) — A 22-year-old Brevard County woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old girl.

Palm Bay investigators said Jacqueline Bjorndal was babysitting Aubrey Alcott last Friday when the child drowned in a backyard pool.

According to an arrest report, Bjorndale had used drugs the morning Alcott drowned. Investigators said Alcott was allowed outside unattended and ended up in the pool.

In addition to smoking marijuana the morning Alcott drowned, investigators said Bjorndale drank alcohol and took methamphetamine at a party the night before.

Bjorndal is charged with aggravated manslaughter by neglect of a child and is being held without bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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