Sadly, a 2-year-old boy drowned in a backyard swimming pool in Belleview, Florida. Apparently, the toddler gained access to the pool by slipping out his home unnoticed and into the home’s pool area. According to Marion County Sheriff’s deputies, the boy’s mother, identified as Melody Mitchell, informed them she fell asleep while watching television with her son around 6:00 p.m. The boy was discovered over two-and-a-half hours later by the mother’s boyfriend. The boyfriend noticed the sliding glass door was open, when he went outside he also noticed the gate to the pool was open. The toddler was found floating in the pool. Upon discovering the child, Mitchell’s boyfriend immediately performed CPR. Emergency personnel continued the CPR efforts while the child was transported to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. For more please read 2-year-old boy drowns in Belleview, Florida, backyard swimming pool.
The death of this child is a tragedy for his family and community. Families can take many precautions that aid in preventing childhood drownings. Strictly restrict or prevent a child’s access to the pool area by door locks and protective fencing and/or gates, do not keep toys in the pool area while unattended, as these attract children, and always maintain constant, direct supervision of a child while he or she is swimming. Furthermore, even small amounts of water should not be accessible to children. This includes bath tubs, sinks, toilets and mop buckets, as infants, toddlers and small children can drown in a very small amount of water.
If you would like to read more on basic water safety tips and other methods to prevent childhood drownings please read Swimming and Water Safety Tips for Florida Residents, Visitors and Children at the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., website.