One-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Brothers Drown in Swimming Pool, Reports Say

July 18, 2019 Updated: July 18, 2019

Police said that two brothers, aged 1 and 3, drowned in their swimming pool in western Pennsylvania.

Uniontown Police said they were called to the home on Whiteman Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on July 17, reported The Associated Press.

Police say adults were at home when the boys died, and now authorities are investigating how the boys ended up in the pool.

Resuscitation efforts were not successful in bringing the boys back, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

No names have been released in the case. The incident is now under investigation.

Other details about the case are not clear.

California Girl Electrocuted

A 9-year-old California girl died at a residential swimming pool in a Sacramento-area swimming pool after she was apparently electrocuted, police said.

Officers with the Citrus Heights Police Department were sent to a home on Rusch Drive on July 14 “regarding a 9-year-old girl who had apparently been electrocuted and subsequently drowned as a result,” said spokesman Kris Frey, reported the Sacramento Bee.

“It appears there was a light that was being repaired” that electrocuted the child, who was identified as McKenzie Kinley, when she touched it.

The parents of McKenzie, Lisa and Cliff, said in a KOVR report that the girl loved swimming.

Cliff was out for an errand before he got a phone call from authorities.

“They’re doing chest compressions right now, and we don’t know what happened,” he said in the clip. It was “the most devastating phone call I’ve ever received,” he said.

“She grabbed the pool light, and it electrocuted her,” he said, adding that he’s happy that the four other children in the pool at the time were not harmed.

Pool Safety

The CDC says that “everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”

And also a four-sided isolation fence with gates is necessary if children are present.

“This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool,” it says.

The agency also calls on parents to use life jackets.

“When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs,” it says.

According to Poolsafely.gov:

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  • Teach children how to swim.
  • Teach children to stay away from drains.
  • Ensure all pools and spas—both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit—have compliant drain covers.
  • Install proper barriers, covers, and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
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