2-year-old boy drowns in pool of North Port home
NORTH PORT, Fla — A family vacation turned to devastation after a 2-year-old boy drowned. According to the North Port Police Department, the family visiting from Indiana didn’t see the boy for 15 minutes Saturday.
He was found at the bottom of the pool on Pan Am Boulevard. Police said a parent jumped in, pulled the child out and began CPR. A neighbor even came over and tried to help.
The toddler was taken to the hospital by first responders where he was pronounced dead.
According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, this marks the 53rd drowning in the state this year alone.
“It’s heartbreaking,” one neighbor said. “You’re like I could’ve done something but it just happens so quick.”
Police report there’s no reason to believe what happened was anything more than a tragic accident. If anything, they hope it’s a reminder that bodies of water can be deadly for children.
“It’s unfortunately a tragic situation,” North Port PIO Josh Taylor said. “But if anything good can come from it, a reminder for all of us parents out there that it only takes a few moments.”
According to the Florida Health Department, the state ranks first in unintentional drowning deaths for kids under five. Florida ranks fifth overall in juvenile drowning deaths.NBC2 (WBBH-TV)