23-month-old boy drowns in swimming pool

YUMA, Ariz. – A 23-month-old boy died after he was found unresponsive in a swimming pool.

The incident happened Wednesday just after 3 p.m. in the area of Boxwood Avenue and 45th Place in the Ocotillo residential development. Yuma Police Department (YPD) officials say, they rushed to the scene after someone found the child and called 911.

YPD Sergeant Lori Franklin says, “The people don’t own it. There was no fence around the pool. Summer months the weathers getting warmer everybody’s going to want to go swimming. So you just have to be more vigilant with watching your children.”

Investigators say once they arrived at the scene the child was unresponsive. The boy was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he died. Authorities say there was an adult present at the time but are still unsure if someone was around during the time of the incident.

Franklin adds, “Accidents happen and it’s not because people try to be negligent, it’s just, they happen. So you have to stay on top of your kids.”

Mike Erfert with the Yuma Fire Department wants to remind the community of the ABCs of drowning prevention.

“Adult supervision and that’s responsible almost relentless adult supervision. B, in ABCs, drowning prevention is for barrier fencing, making sure that all pools have a fence that’s at least four feet tall and higher,” Efert said, “Also, that it has a self closing gate, flashing gate and that it doesn’t have any gaps that would allow a smaller child to be able to crawl through.”

He adds, “C, in drowning prevention is for classes. Classes for CPR, classes for swimming, and teaching a child how to swim in an early age. There’s no way to waterproof a child but we can make them more drowning resistant.”

Franklin said, “Just be safe out there. Like I said, summers coming, stay on top of your children. Teach them pool safety, give them swimming classes. Give them a chance to save themselves and survive just in case something happens.”

Police are still trying to figure out if the boy’s death was accidental or involved negligence.

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