SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, California – As the weather warms up and summer approaches, news that two toddlers drowned in backyard swimming pools this past week is a tragic warning to others to keep a close watch on their children because the fatal drowning rate for children between 1 and 4 years old is higher than any other age group, according to coroner reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC, roughly ten people die each day in the United States due to unintentional drowning including two children under the age of 14 years old.
On Thursday, paramedics responded to a home in the 1700 block of N. Vista Avenue in Rialto after a 1-year-old boy drown in a backyard swimming pool about 7:35 p.m., according to a report by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department. The child lives out of state, but was visiting family members who live at the home, the report stated.
Emergency workers transported the boy by ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he died in the emergency room at 8:25 p.m. The Rialto Police Department is investigating the incident and the boy’s name is withheld pending notification of family.
Earlier in the week, paramedics responded to another drowning in a backyard swimming pool in the 14000 block of Mandan Road in Apple Valley. Serena Mae Earls, 2, was found in the deep-end of the family’s in-ground swimming pool about 9:54 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, the coroner reported.
One of the child’s family members performed Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the little girl prior to the arrival of paramedics. She was transported to the emergency room at St. Mary’s Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. the same day. The incident is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
“The families of these young children will never be the same,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury lawyer and father of five. “My heart goes out to them as they cope with the loss of these two precious children.”
Indeed, fatal drowning is ranked fifth on the list of the nation’s leading causes of unintentional injury death and children between the age of 1 and 4 years old have the highest drowning rates of any age group. These backyard swimming pools are responsible for most reported fatal drowning among children in this age group and it’s the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for those under age 14. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
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