On Monday evening of April 6th a 3-year-old boy drowned in a pool in Valencia. Homicide detectives ruled that this was an accidental death on Tuesday.
The incident occurred Monday evening when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department reported to the 27600 block of Woodfield Place shortly after 7:15 p.m. that a toddler had drowned in a pool under while trying to retrieve a ball that floated into the swimming pool.
The boy had apparently walked out near the ball where he was trying to grab the ball and fell into the pool.
Initial investigations presented that the boy was under the supervision of underage relatives that were between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.
Family members found the young boy unresponsive in the swimming pool and performed CPR on the boy until sheriffs arrived on the scene.
The toddler was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Primarily this incident was being investigated as a homicide, until detectives ruled that it was an accidental death.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that drowning is the leading cause for unintentional deaths for children between the ages of 1 to 4 years old. In 2014 alone there were more than twenty drowning deaths of children younger than 15 years old.
If you own a pool in your home, make sure to keep close watch on children and take safety precautions like putting a fence around the pool. Being proactive pool owners can help save lives.