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Two-Year-Old Stafford Girl Drowns In Backyard Swimming Pool

by Patricia A. Miller

A two-year-old Buccaneer Lane girl drowned in the family backyard swimming pool yesterday, an Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman said.

Police were called to the home at 4:22 p.m. on Wednesday on a report of a child submerged in a swimming pool. When they arrived, they found the little girl's uncle giving her CPR, Al Della Fave said.

"It appears the two-year-old was in a room in the back of the house watching T.V," he said. "But when her grandmother went to check on her, she saw the sliding glass door open."

The toddler was found in the deep end of the pool. Her uncle pulled her out and began giving her CPR. The little girl was rushed to Southern Ocean County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m, Della Fave said.

The incident highlights the need for pool safety, especially at this time of year, he said.

"It only takes a minute for a tragedy to occur," Della Fave said.

The Prosecutor's Office and Stafford police are conducting a joint investigation, he said.
Linny June 13, 2014 at 08:00 AM
What a sad sad day this is for this family.. we all should pray that they get through this .. Its so heartbreaking and no one knows how they feel until you go through this yourself.. God Bless all of you..
Bill Storm, June 13, 2014 at 08:39 AM
That's why many towns require fences around pools, to prevent a sad tragedy like this.
Bobbi June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Such a sad, sad tragedy that could have been avoided. My condolences to this family.
Jane Doe June 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM
What a terrible, terrible thing. Parents, if you have a pool ( above or inground ) it's a good idea to get one of those alarms that go off as soon as something enters the water. We had one and, Thank God, the only thing we had to "save" was a squirrel. We can all give our kids swimming lessons, but it's been proven that even with lessons, a very young child will panic if he/she falls into the water. Fences are neccessary, but little ones will find a way inside if they are determined. Get a sounding alarm.
The Captain June 14, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Sadly It's a lot more of a common occurrence then people think. If u have a pool and a little one do everything u can to avoid a tragedy. At one point I was considering closing it until my son was older it made me so nervous. I just pad locked the fence and locked the screen door on the back porch. And bought a safety cover for the winter.

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