Late on Thursday afternoon, just before 4:30, emergency first responders throughout Orange County rushed to Delcrest Drive’s 2900 block (close to both North Econlockhatchee Trail and State Road 417) after a call came in that indicated a young child had been discovered unresponsive in a pool. According to the report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the child, a nearly 1-year-old boy, was discovered in the pool by members of his family. After finding him, the boy was pulled from the pool and lain on the ground where unidentified members of the family began to perform CPR on him. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said that in addition to the CPR received by family members, the deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office also performed the emergency resuscitation technique of the boy, all to no avail.
When the deputies, fire rescue, and EMT personnel arrived, the child was still unresponsive and lying on the ground. He was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to Florida Hospital East, but none of the efforts by any of those involved amounted to enough. The child was declared dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
At the time of this writing, the incident is still under investigation as authorities and family members attempt to unravel exactly what happened that resulted in the child entering the pool. We do know that the home where the child drowned was the home of a family member, but it is not clear whether or not it was the home where the child himself lived. It is also not clear if or why the child was allowed to wander towards the pool without being properly attended.
The death of this boy is still under investigation as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the child’s family search for answers.
Cases such as this happen periodically throughout Florida. Because of our nearly constant good weather, pools are in use throughout the year, meaning that parents and guardians must be in a constant state of attentiveness towards their young children when around the backyards of many Floridians.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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