Boy, 2, Dies After Drowning In Backyard Pool


UPDATED: Thursday June 27, 2013 3:34 PM

A 2-year-old Gahanna boy died Monday after being pulled from a backyard pool.

Mifflin Township police said dispatchers received a call at 12:41 p.m. on June 24 from the 2700 block of Ferris Road regarding an unresponsive child.

Paramedics determined the boy had been pulled from the 3-foot-deep pool by his 17-year-old sister.

The sister then rushed him to his mother, who had just returned home.

The mother grabbed the child and ran into the middle of Ferris Road trying to flag down motorists for help.

A vehicle stopped, and the occupants gave CPR on the boy until authorities arrived.

The boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is a tragedy that words cannot express,” said Acting Police Chief William Price of the Mifflin Township Police Department in a release on Thursday. “We are grateful passersby stopped to assist and want to be reminded of the necessary water safety precautions we all must take during the summertime including to never swim alone. Our sincerest sympathies go out to this family.”

The boy’s cause of death will not be determined until the autopsy has been completed.

The boy's name has not been released yet.

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