Tragic Drowning in Above Ground Swimming Pool – Gilchrist County, Florida


In Central Florida, a toddler drowned in his family’s swimming pool a week before his second birthday. The toddler was identified as Maxwell Spears. According to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, Maxwell was unresponsive after his grandfather pulled him out of the pool. The accident happened in an above ground pool, and, investigators say, the child could have walked directly into the pool via a deck connecting the pool to the home.

Maxwell and another friend of his were being watched by Maxwell’s father and grandfather at the time the accident occurred. The grandfather was leaving the laundry room of the family home and saw the back door open and Maxwell in the pool. Both the father and grandfather attempted to perform CPR on Maxwell until an ambulance arrived. If you would like to read more about this tragic accident see Toddler drowns in above ground pool.

Pools, in-ground and above ground, hot tubs and beaches are places of fun, excitement and also provide exercise for children. Constant supervision is key when children are around the water. If you would like to read more articles on water-related injuries and children please see:

1. Dangers of Hot Tubs – Children At Risk for Drowning, Death, and Personal Injuries
2. Dangers of Pool Drains – Importance of Strong Laws and Regulations to Protect Children
3. Dangers to Children on Florida Beaches – Truck Runs Over 4 Year Old Child

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