Toddler drowns in swimming pool

Toddler drowns in swimming pool

YUMA, Ariz. – A toddler died Wednesday after police say he drowned in his family’s swimming pool.

Yuma Police Department officials say they received a call from someone who found the 23-month-old boy in the water, unresponsive.

Police  say the child was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he later died. Officers are not sure how long the child was in the pool before he was found.

Sergeant Lori Franklin with YPD said there isn’t a safety gate surrounding the pool. Police say both parents rented the home and may have possibly shared the property with another couple.

Detectives are still investigating to see if there was any criminal negligence involved in the drowning.

The incident happened in the afternoon near Boxwood Avenue and 45th Place at the Ocotillo residential neighborhood.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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