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Updated: 06/13/2013 08:00:12AM

1-year-old drowns in pool at Avon Park home

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A one-year-old child drowned late Sunday afternoon after falling into the pool at a home on North Riverdale Road in Avon Park.

Central Dispatch received a call about 6:30 p.m. that the toddler had fallen into the pool and was unresponsive. Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and began CPR until an Emergency Medical Service team arrived on scene and took over.

The baby was taken to Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, but emergency room personnel were unable to resuscitate the child.

No further details are available at this time and the case remains under investigation.

“This is a tragic situation and our deputies and victim advocates will assist this family in any way possible,” Sheriff Susan Benton said in a press release.

Benton said the HCSO encourages everyone to review pool and swimming safety tips. The Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that the populations most at risk of drowning are children under 5 years old, representing nearly
75 percent of child drowning fatalities. The website encourages people to stay close by and keep a watchful eye on children in and around the pool.

It also advises to teach children basic water safety tips, keep them away from pool drains, pipes and other openings, have a portable telephone close by in case a call for help is needed and if a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.