By Miriam Raftery
August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – A two-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool at his family’s home in the 7200 block of Princeton Avenue in La Mesa. According to La Mesa Police, it is believed that the boy’s parents put him to bed last night in his bedroom, but somehow the toddler got outside during the night or early morning through a rear sliding glass door that the parents believed was locked.
The boy was found by his parents, who immediately began CPR and called 9-1-1. La Mesa Police officers arrived soon after and took over life-saving techniques until paramedics arrived. The child was quickly taken to Grossmont Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
La Mesa Police detectives are conducting an investigation, but at this time, police indicate there is no information to believe that foul play was involved; this appears to be an accidental drowning.
The tragedy points up the importance of having child-proof fencing around all swimming pools and to keep pool gates locked at all times when not in use. Pool alarms, pool covers, and teaching children to swim at the earliest possible age can also help save lives and avoid such tragedies.