Police Investigate Toddler Drowning

6:21 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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OLNEY, Md. (WUSA) --  Montgomery County Police are investigating how a boy, who was just two months shy of his third birthday, fell into the swimming pool at his home early Monday afternoon.

"Fire and rescue arrived on scene first and observed a neighbor performing CPR on a 34 month old boy," said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a public information officer with Montgomery County Police.

The parents weren't home at the time. It was the nanny who detectives said found the boy's body. Detectives add the pool was surrounded by only a partial fence.

Police say a neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, heard the boy's nanny cry for help. Detectives on the scene say that neighbor pulled him out of the pool while another neighbor who also heard the woman then called 9-1-1.

Detectives add that the nanny was afraid to go into the pool because they understand she couldn't swim.

Paramedics were able to keep the toddler alive, but he was in critical condition.
Later Montgomery County police pronounced that he was dead, two hours after the reported drowning.

"They did everything they could to save the child's life," said Officer Innocenti.

Police are now looking into whether county laws were violated, which, in general, require complete enclosure of a pool more than 1.5 feet deep, or complete enclosure of the the entire property.

"Pools of course pose a special danger for children and so you really need to take precautions to prevent these children from getting outside, from your view," warned Officer Innocenti.

Montgomery Police say while they're still investigating the toddler's death, as of now, they don't expect to file any criminal charges.


By Anny Hong, WUSA9.com and 9News







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