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Police: Mooresville toddler drowns in family pool

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MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A family in Mooresville is dealing with the death of a two-year-old boy who drowned in a family pool Wednesday night.

At the home of the toddler who drowned, a family member said a detective was there asking questions and that the family didn't want to talk. One neighbor said what so many of us are thinking, it's just so sad.

Mooresville police say they went to a home in Gabriel Estates after Mooresville Fire and Rescue already responded. When they arrived shortly after nine p.m., CPR was being done on the two-year-old boy, who they say appeared to be a victim of an accidental drowning in the family pool.

The toddler was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, but could not be resuscitated.

This is an ongoing investigation. Officials cannot comment at this time on this case, but they take pool safety very seriously. And they want to do what they can to prevent drowning calls.

"It's very quick and it's very silent too," said Deputy Fire Chief Shane LaCount, "There's no big alarm, there's no big screams. The child goes in it's usually very fast so there's no interaction with noise so you actually realize this event is taking place."

LaCount spoke about pool safety at the War Memorial Pool in Mooresville run by the recreation department.

The lifeguards at the pool swim well and they also know how to get kids used to the water to avoid drownings.

"As soon as they hit the water start kicking, moving their arms, get their head above water so they can at least get a breath of air and then try to turn around and grab the wall," said Mardi Crucitti.

At the Mooresville War Memorial Pool safety is always a concern. Lifeguards are constantly supervising because when a drowning occurs, it's not loud.

"You have to be actively supervising them," said LaCount.

"It's one of the things we have to do but if we can prevent it that's what we want to do," said Lacount.

The Deputy Chief said the ABC,s of pool safety are active, barriers and classes.

"If you're going to have a pool or be a around a pool you need to know CPR and swimming lessons," said LaCount.

B is for barrier, a fence is one example and also don't make the water tempting for little ones. The CDC reports after car crashes, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for 1 to 4 year old kids.

"We're human, distractions occur in our lives. It only takes seconds," said LaCount.

The A is stay active watching the kids. At a public pool there are plenty of lifeguards. At a home you have to guard the lives of those you love.

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