Toddler drowns in Lauderhill pool

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - Crews were unable to save a 3-year-old boy after, officials said, he was pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool at a home in Lauderhill, Sunday afternoon.

Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the drowning along the 3700 block of Northwest Fourth Street, off U.S. 441.

Officials said a family member flagged down a police officer who was in the area, just after 4 p.m., and told the law enforcer that the boy, who had been staying with his great-grandparents, had gone missing. “They lost visual where the child was inside the house, and the great-grandparents were, at that point, in a panic trying to find the little one,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Greg Solowsky.

Within minutes, police and fire rescue crews began a search at the residence that led them to the pool. “It had a lot of debris in it. It was very green; we could not see to the bottom of the pool,” said Solowsky. “Unfortunately, because of experience in the past, the officers started to probe inside the pool, and a short time later we were able to recover the 3-year-old.”

They performed CPR on the boy and rushed him to Plantation General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“They are going through a very, very tragic time,” said Solowsky. “It is a terrible thing to lose a little one, and the police department and the fire department’s hearts go out to the family at this point.”

Police said there was no gate around the pool.

The drowning remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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