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A 2-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her grandparents’ pool in Homosassa Sept. 2 around 5:30 p.m.
Family members claim the little girl had been watching TV the last time anyone saw her.
The child’s parents were traveling from Ocala to Citrus County to pick the child up when the drowning occurred.
Other family members apparently pulled the child from the pool and attempted CPR.
The Nature Coast EMS took the child to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River.
The medical examiner’s office took the young girl to Leesburg for an autopsy.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives claim nothing suspicious was uncovered and that the child’s death appears to be an accidental drowning.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning accidents are the leading cause of injury death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. For those in this age group, swimming pools present the greatest danger of submersion injury. While drowning deaths are most frequent among young children, drowning fatalities can occur across all age groups. In fact, drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental deaths for people of all ages.
The CDC found that for every child under the age of 15 that drowns in a swimming pool, another 10 are admitted to emergency rooms for treatment of nonfatal submersion injuries. Unfortunately, incidents of nonfatal drowning often result in brain damage that could lead to long-term disabilities such as memory loss, learning disabilities and the loss of basic human functions.
The general year-round warm weather in Homosassa and throughout Citrus County keeps many family swimming pools in constant use. Most children love swimming and cannot wait to jump into the water. While it’s easy to forget about the risks associated with your own swimming pool, letting your guard down for even a second when a child is swimming can result in tragedy. Drowning fatalities are entirely avoidable. Exercising certain safety precautions can reduce risks to your children and any guests you may have at your swimming pool. The following tips can keep you and your loved ones safe:
The sudden loss of a child can be the most difficult experience a parent can endure. The Citrus County Swimming Pool & Drowning Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand that rehashing the tragedy can be painful. However, when your child is injured or killed in a drowning fatality due to someone else’s negligence, the law enables you to seek financial compensation from those responsible to help you recover from your loss. There are statutes of limitations placed on filing claims against manufacturers, homeowners or any other negligent parties, so you must act quickly. Keep in mind that whenever an accident occurs in a swimming pool or on someone else’s property, the owner could be held liable for damages.
If your child was the victim of a swimming pool accident caused by another person’s carelessness or negligence, contact the Citrus County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call our Inverness office at 352-726-0078.