A 1-year-old child drowned Tuesday night in a pool at a Davenport home.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the child was found floating in the family’s pool at their home.
Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the home after the child was found floating in the pool just before 5:30 p.m.
Family members said the boy was able to get out through a sliding glass door without anyone noticing.
When the family noticed he was missing, they began searching for him and found him in the pool.
A neighbor, who is a registered nurse, performed CPR until emergency crews arrived but they were not able to save the boy.
Backyard swimming pool accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries and even death. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is a leading cause of injury and death for kids ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. For children between the ages of 1 to 4 years old, swimming pools pose a huge risk of drowning injuries and wrongful death.
For every child under the age of 15 who dies from drowning in a swimming pool, another 10 children receive emergency room care for nonfatal drowning injuries. Nonfatal drownings can result in brain damage and long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functions.
If your child has been the victim of a drowning accident, our Tampa Bay Swimming Pool And Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your rights and legal options. For a free consultation, please call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online.