Archive for Monday, May 21, 2012

Edwardsville 3-year-old drowns in family pool

May 21, 2012

A 3-year-old boy drowned Saturday in a backyard pool in Edwardsville after a safety gate was left down.

Lucien Mellott's 14-year-old brother discovered him in the pool about 12:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of 105th Street, Edwardsville Police Chief Mark Mathies said. The older boy started CPR until an ambulance arrived, and the younger boy was transported to Providence Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy's family had been preparing, the above ground pool for summer use and inadvertently left down the stairs to the pool, which function as a safety gate, Mathies said. He said police continue to investigate the incident, but the child's death appears to be an accident.

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